Yoruba leaders have congratulated National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, on his appointment as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo designate of Yorubaland.
In a letter, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, explained why he selected Adams for the exalted position.
Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in his reaction described the new title holder as “a true Yoruba son”.
Adebanjo, however, dismissed claims that people with the title do not end well, adding that it was time for the Yoruba nation to be united and support Adams.
He said: “He should bring the Yoruba nation together. The people of Yorubaland need to be united now more than ever.
“People who are not on our level of civilisation should not be allowed to dominate us.”
OPC founder, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, said Alaafin has the right to bestow the title on anyone, adding that “it is an Oyo title”.
“The Alaafin has the right to give it to anybody. The Alaafin can give anybody, whether young or old, altruistic or otherwise.
“I congratulate him (Adams) and I hope he will behave true to his title.”
Earlier, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, reacted to the appointment.