Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday pleaded with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi not to meddle with political affairs. Obasanjo speaking at Ooni’s palace during the conferment of Aare-Afurugbin-Ola chieftaincy title on Director General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, he commended Oba Ogunwusi for the honour.
The ex-president speaking in Yoruba language said, “Kabiyesi, don’t muddle politics with the affairs of traditional rulers. All the sons and daughters of Yoruba land no matter where they are or their standpoint will come to meet you, they all belong to you, any one of them that said he or she is interested in politics, just pray for them and let them go, anyone who sought after you that he wants to be governor or president, just pray for such individual and let him go.
“Don’t direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant, Yoruba people don’t go in the same direction on issues, this is part of our strength in Yoruba land. As far as politics is concerned even in the pre-independence in Yoruba land we have two strong sides, NCNC and Action group side. After independence, we had Akintola and Awolowo sides. During the military rule, we equally had two sides, PDP and AD. Please don’t let the politician add to your burden.
“I like your spirit, those who are romancing and coming to meet you now, if God permitted them, you will not be in this position today, you know that. It is good to have a forgiving heart, let us know what we are doing.” Oba Ogunwusi prayed for Dr. Nteranya Sanginga and urged him to continue contributing his part in ensuring food security in nations.
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