The revered Yoruba monarch, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has described the Yoruba diaspora organization, the Oodua Progressive Union, as the pride of the Yoruba people.
Leadership reported that the Ooni said this while playing host to over 983 delegates of the OPU from 96 countries and the six continents.
He said the group remains a global instrument for securing the needed unity and peace in Yoruba land.
The monarch also appreciated the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land and global convener of the group, Iba Gani Adams, for the creation of a global platform and for his consistency.
He said, “I am happy to see you all today as you normally visit the palace to celebrate the Oodua festival with us in Ile Ife.
“Members of the OPU remain a global instrument for unity, peace, and the pride of Yoruba race. You are our ambassadors in the diaspora and I will continue to pray for you so that you can also fulfil the lofty dreams of Yoruba land and that of your organization.
“I also appreciate Aare for his consistency and courage to build this global platform. I pray God to continue to bless you for this wonderful effort.”
Responding, Adams said the royal visit was in fulfilment of the diaspora organisation’s tradition to be Ile Ife for royal blessings.