Legal luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) has reunited three prominent Yoruba Obas as part of his contributions to the new wave of peace and unity in Yoruba land.The Obas are the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II; the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III and the Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Francis Adedoyin.
Even though the search for peace and unity among the Yoruba has taken the Ooni to several parts of Yoruba land since he mounted the throne of his forefathers last year, this is the first time in the recent history of Ife, Oyo and Modakeke that the three royal fathers from these important Yoruba towns will seat together side-by-side and exchange genuine pleasantries.
The setting for the meeting of the three monarchs was the 2017 edition of the Annual Lecture of the Faculty of Education of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife on June 15, where Babalola was the guest speaker and where he was conferred with the Faculty Award for Excellence for what the organisers described as his “exemplary contributions to Nigerian education.”
Whereas the OAU Faculty of Education had invited Ooni as the royal host, Babalola, the former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos, had caused the Alaafin to be invited as the royal guest and got Ooni’s blessing and approval to bring the Ogunsua of Modakeke, first to the Ooni’s palace before he (Oba Adedoyin) joined the Ooni’s entourage to the university.
The trio of Ooni, Alaafin and Oba Adedoyin, who were received into the 5,000-seater Oduduwa Hall of the University that was full to capacity, shook hands with one another with flashes of smiles to the admiration of the audience.
Speaking after Babalola’s lecture, the Ooni emphasised the need for peace and harmony in Yoruba land in order to accelerate its development.
He said the Yoruba race will continue to be one and speak with one voice in the interest of its people and their development.
Oba Adeyemi, in his remarks, also stressed the need for peace in Yoruba land and for its Obas to work together in the interest of all.