Gani Adams Preaches Itsekiri, Yoruba Unity

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, on Monday paid a courtesy visit to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II, in Warri, Delta State, calling for sustained Itsekiri and Yoruba unity, just as he assured the Olu and the Itsekiri people that the Yorubas are always with them.

Adams specifically enjoined Itsekiri sons and daughters, home and in the Diaspora, to unite and rally increased support for the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, with a view to taking the kingdom to greater heights.

Iba Adams described Ogiame Atuwatse III as “a resourceful king with a very rich profile,” adding that the Olu is “gifted in beautiful oratory.”

The Aare Onakakanfo spoke at the Olu of Warri royal palace in Warri, noting with delight that the king, since his coronation, “has brought much class to the throne.”

He spoke further, “I pray for unity for you (Itsekiris). You must unite. You have a king who will do that for you. God will bless you.

“It was painful that I could not be here physically for the coronation of the Olu of Warri, because I was out of the country. But I monitored the event. I say God gave you a great king, gifted in beautiful oratory and highly resourceful.

“He is a king that classes himself and has so much interest and passion for the good of Warri kingdom.”

Adams averred, “Yoruba history has always shown that the Itsekiri have their ancestral lineage in Yoruba land.

“Your history (Itsekiri) is mixed. We have Yoruba in your history. I listened to your songs, about sixty percent of them sound like Ikale. We (Yoruba) and Itsekiri need ourselves. You received us very well. God will bless Itsekiri nation. All your enemies will perish. Yoruba is with you. Let the world know that we are with you.”

Lauding the people of Warri kingdom for their love for Itsekiri’s rich cultural values, the Aare Onakakanfo pledged to build on the good socio-cultural relationship between the Yoruba and Itsekiri nations.

The Yoruba generalissimo remarked that the Itsekiri are Yoruba descendants who are blessed with high-profile personalities like the late Pa Alfred Rewane and the former President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnicks, and a host of others.

He then offered prayers for the continued rise, growth and development of the kingdom.

Responding, the Olu of Warri, speaking through one of his chiefs, the Ogwa Olusan of Warri kingdom, Brown Mene, affirmed the historical ties between Itsekiri, Yoruba and some other ethnic areas in the country, explaining that the first king of the kingdom met the aboriginal settlements of Itsekiri, drawn from the different ethnic groups.

He said, “We have our history and background as a people bonded by unique culture and traditions of the Yoruba. You cannot speak of Itsekiri people without remembering their ancestry as Yoruba.

“And I want to assure Iba Adams that Itsekiri people are part of Yoruba. We shall swim together and fulfill the destiny of our race together.”

He thanked Iba Adams and his entourage for the visit, just as he prayed for growth and development of the two kingdoms.

The palace later treated their guests to cultural and traditional rites and dances, signifying the rich culture of the Itsekiri people.


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