It’s Turn Of Giesi Ruling House To Produce Next Ooni –Spokesman

Mr Adelowo Ogunleye, the spokesperson of the Geisi Ruling House, Ile-Ife, has said that it is their turn to produce the next Ooni of Ife, following the recent death of Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday at a news conference in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, Ogunleye said the Giesi Ruling House was, therefore, set to present the names of prospective candidates to occupy vacant the Ooni stool.

According to him, the Ooni stool is ascended based on a government-approved rotational arrangement among the four Ife ruling houses: 1. Osinkola Ruling House, 2. Ogboru Ruling House, 3. Giesi Ruling House and 4.Lafogido Ruling House.

Ogunleye said that the last Ooni Sijuwade was produced by the Ogboru Ruling House following the death of Oba Adesoji Aderemi from the Osinkola Ruling House, who ruled for 50 years.

He said that the next ruling house to produce the next Ooni of Ife should automatically and normally come from the Giesi Ruling House, according to the government approved rotational arrangements.

He said that based on the recorded government document titled: ‘The Ooni of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration’ with reference number CB141/7/1/540 dated Aug. 22, 1977, the entire members of the family of Giesi Ruling House are set to produce name(s) of candidates that can easily ascend the throne of the Ooni.

Ogunleye said that the document was addressed to the then Executive Secretary of Oranmiyan Local Government, Ile-Ife from the office of Military Governor of Oyo State and duly signed by the then Secretary to the Military Government and Head of Service.

“We want to tell all and sundry that the normal rotation to the succession to the throne has attested to the fact that it is now the turn of the Giesi House to produce the next Ooni.

“According to the letter in Paragraph A, it states that the order of rotation among the ruling houses should be among: the Osinkola, the Ogboru, the Giesi and Lafogido Ruling Houses.

“Another memorandum titled: “Appointment of a new Ooni,” dated Sept. 16, 1980, released by the then Executive Council of Oyo state, with reference No. OYSGM (80) 107 also buttresses these claims,” he said.

Ogunleye, therefore, contended that, it was normal and naturally the turn of the family of Giesi Ruling House to produce the next Ooni of Ife, to succeed the late Sijuade.

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    The one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him. Proverbs 18:17 (English Standard Version)

    – Next Monarch
    Giesi Ruling House have explained that following an injunction to restrain the late Oba Sijuwade from coming to the throne, they listened to some elders that stepped in and dropped the injunction to allow the ascension of Olubuse II. This means that they have failed to stand their ground and as a consequence lost their chance to become the next monarch to Ogboru ruling house in 1980 and prima facie lost their chance of the fair and impartial rotation. It is clear, and rightfully so, that the next to be Ooni must hail from the Lafogido ruling house.

    – Ifa Oracle
    Since it is Ifa oracle that selects who becomes the new monarch according to popular belief, it is not for Giesi Princes alone to nominate themselves as candidates to succeed the throne. Rather, Ifa will decide (without manipulation) whether or not Giesi ruling house, having lost their chance to Ogboru ruling house in 1980 will be next to become the Ooni or it is infact Lafogido ruling house.

    – Age of the Next Monarch
    It is accepted that Ifa does not have anything to do with age, and the law says nobody above the age of 30 should be prevented from becoming the next Ooni. Intellectual attempts and suggestions to marginalize a man of 30 or 40 to mount the throne of Ooni are irresponsible and counter-productive. Perhaps I should educate you about men in their 30s from kingdoms and provinces that have existed long before Ile-Ife was formed:

    – Men in their 30s
    ~ Joseph was 30 years old when he became the Prime Minister of Egypt
    ~ The levi Priests officially entered service at the age of 30
    ~ David became king of Israel when he was 30 years old
    ~ Ezekiel was called by God as a prophet at age 30
    ~ John the Baptist was age 30 when he came out!
    ~ Jesus (King of the Jews, now King of kings) officially started his ministry at age 30
    ~ Alexander the Great began ruling the world in his 30s
    For the consistency of this article I will not mention Queen Elizabeth II who assumed the throne of England, the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth at the age of 26!

    Just because a lie has been in office does not make it true. Our generation is more open-minded and empowered.

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