Alaafin Of Oyo,
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111 on Saturday said the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate, Otunba Gani Adams, is the symbol of Yoruba Unity.
Alafin while speaking during a thank you visits of Otunba Adams to the palace said he has received over 500 letters and messages applauding him for choosing Otunba Adams for the position
‘The appointment of his predecessor Bashorun MKO Abiola was greeted with criticism and stiff opposition but Gani Adams choice was accepted by everybody both at home and abroad .
It is a sign that he is a symbol of Yoruba unity, he must work to ensure unity and progressed the race.
I have done my own and obviously it was overwhelmingly supported by people and I want to urge you not to leave him alone but continue to advise and pray for him.
Aare Adams, while briefing Alaafin on the steps taking since the his appointment, said he has visited traditional rulers including Ooni of Ife,Oluwo of Iwo, Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Alake of Egbaland and others and they are pleased with Alaafin’s choice.
‘All the traditional rulers told me that your choice is their choice and they are happy with the development, they advised me and pledge their continuous support.
He, however, thanks the foremost monarch for considering him worthy to be the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and promise not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the race.
Also Market Women from Ondo North Senatorial District under the aegis of Ondo Traders and Market Women Association also joined Aare Ona Kakanfo to thank Alaafin for considering their Baba Isale for the title.
The representatives of the market women led by its president, Chief Mrs Margaret Giwa said further that ‘we are indeed very grateful to your imperial majesty for honouring our pride with the title and we pray for long live and good health for you sir.’
Some of the dignitaries in the entourage of the Aare Ona Kakanfo includes a member of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Hon Ademola Ige, Gbobaniyi of Arigidi Akoko, Chief Femi Davies, Amb. Yomi Fash Lanso, Chief Gani Balogun, Erelu Funmi Rotiba Balogun, Comrade Wale Ojo Lanre, Dr Yemi Sonde, among others.