Against the backdrop of statement credited to the palace of the Oba of Benin Kingdom, that no traditional ruler in Yorubaland is greater than the monarch, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), on Tuesday, said he was not interested in engaging in supremacy battle with any Oba.
He said what was paramount to him was the need to foster unity and healthy development among the Yoruba and the entire nation.
Speaking through his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, Oba Ogunwusi said “my agenda on the throne of my forefathers is to explore measures through which the collective interest and genuine unity among Yoruba can be enhanced".
“This informed my resolve to build bridges of harmony among Yourba obas. I am resolutely committed to how Yoruba ethnic group can restore its glory and pride position among other ethnic inclinations in Nigeria and don’t want to be dragged into supremacy contest or join issues with anybody.
“The statement credited to the Alake of Egba did not emanate from me. We, in Ile Oduduwa, have always seen and regarded our people in Benin Kingdom as part and parcel of Oduduwa House. They are our brothers and sisters, coupled with historical facts to backup this position.
“About three years ago, attempt was made by some people to upturn history during the launch of a book, which stood historical facts on its head. If the position espoused in the media is aimed at distancing our people in Benin from the South-West and Yoruba, so be it. We still identify with them as our kinsmen, regardless of the attempt to change the course of history.”