Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday in Ile-Ife, called on Ife Kingmakers to allow God’s wisdom to prevail on them to choose a rightful and God fearing person that would succeed the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse 11.
The Street Journal reports that the recent death of the Ooni has engendered a rat race among four Ife ruling houses in a succession battle royale.
Obasanjo gave the charge while on a visit to the kingmakers at the Ooni’s palace to condole with the chiefs and the people of Ife over the death of the late monarch.
He appealed to them to follow strictly the laid down rules and procedures for the appointment and selection of the late Ooni’s successor.
The ex-president noted that Ife symbolised the head of Yoruba race both in Nigeria and diaspora and the late Sijuwade had taken the seat of Ooni beyond Africa while he was on the throne.
Obasanjo also disclosed that he had visited the late monarch in his palace ten days before his death and the Ooni expressed his concern over the marginalization of the Yoruba in Nigeria.
He said Oba Sijuwade charged him to ensure that the Yoruba race got its own fair share in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
Responding on behalf of other kingmakers, Chief Gabriel Omisakin, the Obakufe of Ile-Ife, assured Obasanjo of a hitch-free selection process that would produce the next Ooni.
According to him, whoever will emerge as the new Ooni would be a product of due and diligent process that will be the people’s choice.