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Dogara Congratulates The New Ooni of Ife


By Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the new Ooni of Ife, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on his ascension to the throne.

In a congratulatory statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara ‎said the role of traditional rulers in nation-building could not be over-emphasized.

He said traditional institutions must be restored back to their dignity, as well as rightful place in our society if Nigeria is to make any meaningful progress.

The Speaker urged the new Ooni to emulate from the works of the late Oba Sijuwade, whom he said has left an indelible mark in the history of Nigeria as a peacemaker and a bridge between different tribes in the country.

While assuring him of the cooperation of the House of Representatives, Dogara said the legislature was opened to the wise counsel and invaluable support of the new Ooni in its quest to effect change and reposition the country for enduring peace, security, accelerated growth and development.

“As you ascend the glorious revered throne of your fore-fathers, I join your family, the good people of the historic kingdom of Ife, friends, protégés and well-wishers to ask God to guide, guard and give you wisdom to lead,” he stated.

“I note that the position of Ooni carries with it, authority, influence and power and therefore I urge Your Royal Magesty to rule with the fear of God and serve as a father to all”, Dogara remarked.

Dogara commended the Osun State Government for playing the role of a good umpire by ensuring a rancor-free selection and succession process.

The Speaker also appealed to the ruling houses in Ife and citizens of the Kingdom to unite behind the new Ooni and give him the much needed support.

He reiterated the National Assembly’s resolve to accord the traditional Institution a Constitutional role in view of its strategic importance to the peace and unity of the country.

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