Ooni Sijuwade Prayed For My Anscesion Into Oduduwa’s Throne – Oba Ogunwusi

The Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) on Monday disclosed that prayers of his immediate predecessor, Oba Okunade Sijuwade culminated in his ascension to the throne of Oduduwa.
Oba Ogunwusi, who became the 51st Ooni in September, 2015, after the demise of Oba Sijuade in a London hospital made this disclosure at the renaming of Ife City Hall after the late Oba Okunade Sijuade in Ile Ife.
According to the monarch, his predecessor played a major role in his becoming monarch through prayers, recalling that in few occasions he had opportunity of close interpersonal contact with Oba Sijuade, the late monarch always prayed for him.

“Oba Sijuade is not just our revered father, he was a special creature and demonstrated his ability to foresee future on few occasions I had interaction with him. I can confidently say he played a role in my ascension. On those occasions, he usually pray from his heart for me.

“The honour we are doing him today can never be at par with his contributions to the development of this land. His contributions to even this structure we are naming after him today was huge. Ife will continue to remember him for his great contributions to our development,” Oba Ogunwusi asserted.

Earlier in his remark, the President, Ife Development Board (IDB), Professor Muib Opeloye, said Oba Sijuade was being immortalised in recognition of the laudable role he played in development of Ife and empowerment of the people.

Opeloye, who hinted that the late monarch initiated the project and contributed immensely to its delivery also commended the chairman of Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Babajide Omoworare, for contributing a sum of N12.5 million to the project.

Responding on behalf of Sijuade’s family, Prince Aderemi Sijuade expressed their appreciation to the community for recognising the role Oba Sijuwade played in putting Ife on world map, assuring that the family will always be willing to contribute to the development of the ancient town.

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