Make Deeper Researches About Yoruba-Igbo Family Ties -Ooni Charges Historians
The Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has charged historians to deepen their research on African history, following the mixed reactions that trailed his declaration about the age-long relationship between the Yoruba natives and the Igbo people of Southeastern Nigeria.
According to source, the monarch made the call on Wednesday, May 8, while playing host to a prominent Igbo monarch, His Majesty, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri, Ezeora 34th, aka Ji Ovo Igbo, Enugwu Aguleri, Anambra state.
Ooni Ogunwusi who is the co-chairman of the national council of traditional rulers of Nigeria, explained that the Igbo people of Southeastern Nigeria globally known for economic prowess have identical culture with their Yoruba counterpart in the south western part of the country.
The African foremost monarch frowned at the frictions between ethnic divisions across Africa saying unity is needed for the required progress in the continent.
He said: “Africa must unite for peace and progress across board, I am sure that if Igbo people and their Yoruba brothers come together, Africa will unite.
“I am so happy to receive you all and I must say that today is one of my happiest moments on this throne I feel proud of you on your achievements within the last 42 years of reign on the throne of your ancestors.
“I have been having sleepless night because my ancestors have been visiting me that black race must unite. This coincided with my mandate of peace and unity that I have preached around the globe. No race should be left behind.
“Your Eri kingdom is one of the oldest kingdoms in Igboland, we Yoruba have strong ties with Igbos because no Igbo man can do without Kolanut which only grows in Yorubaland, we must therefore relate together as members of the dame family, this is the best way we can enjoy lasting peaceful coexistence as Nigerians.”
Earlier in his speech titled “Royal handshake across the Niger”, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri appreciated the roles played by Ooni in opening fore the relationship between the Yoruba and Igbos and that the Igbos being the progenitor of Israel. He urged him not to rest on his oars till unity is achieved by all races in Africa.
The Igbo monarch, accompanied by the Onu-Oja II of Owelle Kingdom, Igwe Anthony Onyekwere, revealed that his visit was necessitated by the Ooni’s comments during the last Aje festival celebration, especially on the relationship between Igbos and Yorubas, imploring the historians from both sides to dig deep and cement the relationship between the two tribes.
“Thank you Your imperial Majesty, we have been projecting this historical dimension, though not using your platform and since you have echoed same from different angle, there seems to be some kind of historical treasure hidden somewhere about the relationship between Yoruba and Igbos.
“One of the best ways to unravel this mystery is to encourage inter ethnical visits especially during cultural activities,” Eze Chukwuemeka said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, the Oluwo of Iwoland, denied claims that Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race, was the last born of an Igbo prince.
It was reported that the royal fathers made the comment in reaction to the counter claim by Ohaneze Ndigbo, following the statement by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, that the Igbo community originated from Ile-Ife.