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Ooni of Ife Monarch says Yoruba people need a common anthem

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has revealed plans to launch a common Yoruba anthem.

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The Yoruba anthem would be recited at public events after the national anthem.

The Ooni of Ife made this known on Friday, October 28, 2016 during a courtesy visit to Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose at the Ayoba Villa, Government House, Ado Ekiti. 

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The monarch says that the proposed Yoruba anthem would serve to spread solidarity, unity and love among the Yorubas irrespective of age or social status.

The Oba also said that it would unite Yoruba people both home and in the diaspora. The Ooni said that he was inspired to compose a common Yoruba anthem after he listened to the Ekiti anthem.

As part of his efforts to promote peace throughout Nigeria and abroad, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has promised to release a book soon.

He said: “My ascension to the throne of Oduduwa is not by mistake, it was God, the creator that ordained it and it is my belief that He has a clear role for me, and that role is to bring all my people together and foster peace among them."

"We Yoruba must learn to do only those things that unite us,and not those that separate us because there cannot be growth and development where peace and unity are conspicuously absent. The time has come for us leaders in the country, especially those of us in Yorubaland to put supremacy aside,we are all nothing before God, we are just basically human.”

Governor Fayose thanked the Ooni for his two day visit to Ekiti State and urged him to keep up his message of peace for Yoruba people and Nigeria as a whole.

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