‘Benin kingdom is part and parcel of Oduduwa House’ – Ooni of Ife

Oba Adeyeye Adewusi, the Ooni of Ife on has stated that Benin Kingdom in Edo state is a part of the Yoruba race.

The statement which might have sparked a light of controversy between the people of the affected ancient kingdoms is in response to the palace of the Oba of Benin’s reaction to the ranking of Yoruba Obas done by the Alake of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo.

The Ooni’s statement, signed by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare revealed that the Ife monarch is not interested in whipping up any controversy or supremacy battle but notwithstanding would still set records straight to avoid history being distorted from any quarter.

He revealed that going by historical evidence, the Benin Kingdom is still a part of the Oduduwa House in tracing the Oduduwa lineage.

“We in Oduduwa land 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 back up this position,” Ooni Ogunwusi said.

“The statement credited to the Alake of Egbaland, did not emanate from us but the reality is that as a highly experienced and well informed monarch, Kabiyesi Alake, who is a bonafide Oodua descendant is entitled to his opinion based on his knowledge and understanding of history,” the Monarch stated.

“Let me emphasize for the umpteenth time that Kabiyesi Ooni is less concerned over any supremacy hullabaloo. He is only interest for now in how the sacred throne of Oduduwa can explore measures through which the collective interest and genuine unity among Yoruba and other tribes within the larger House of Oduduwa can be enhanced.
“This informed his resolve to build bridges of harmony among Yourba Obas. I am resolutely committed to how Yoruba ethnic group can restore its glory and pride of position among other ethnic inclinations in Nigeria and don’t want to be dragged into supremacy contest or join issues with anybody.”

The Ooni added that if the stance of the Oba of Benin as reported by 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” he stated however.

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