Aregbesola Urges Adams To Use New Position To Promote Regional Integration

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has charged Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate, Otunba Gani Adams not to use his new position to precipitate war but to promote regional integration.

Aregbesola gave this admonition to Adams in Osogbo on Thursday when the new generalissimo visited him to invite him to his inauguration as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo on January 13.

He also urged the new Aare Ona Kakanfo to use his office to unite the Yoruba race and to promote the culture and the interest the people.

“War is a negative phenomenon; it is destructive, bitter, and cruel and it must therefore not be promoted by anyone. It must be condemned, rejected and discarded.

“So, you are not the Aare Ona Kakanfo to seek war and you must not seek war. We are not therefore celebrating you as the war general to precipitate crisis but your own general must promote peace, harmony, love and collaboration among the Yoruba people.”

Adams had earlier said he decided to invite Aregbesola because he was a genuine leader with great qualities.

He said, “I am proud of you. I am proud to be associated with you. You have made us proud. You have been able to do much despite the harsh economic situation.”

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Saraki To Lead Senate Delegation To Aare Ona Kankanfo’s Installation

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said he will lead the delegation of the members of the Senate to the Aare Ona Kankanfo’s Installation in Oyo State.

He stated this in Abuja, on Thursday, when the designate, Gani Adams, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

According to him, Adam’s determination and commitment to the promotion of culture and tradition elevated him to the position.

“The national Coordinator of the Yoruba militia group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) is not a stranger to me. I have known him for long, especially when I was the Governor of Kwara State, when he often visited the state for several cultural and people-oriented events.

“I assure you that I will lead the delegation of the members of the Senate to Oyo on your installation day.”The Aare Ona Kankanfo designate, commended the courage, which Saraki had displayed since he emerged as president of the senate in the last two and a half years.

He commended the political wisdom, which he has been deploying in the affairs of the upper chamber.“We have witnessed a lot of activities of different senate presidents since 1999, but the way and manner you have approached issues are excellent.“You have transformed and repackaged the image of the legislative arm of government in Nigeria,” Adams added.


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Aare-Ona-Kakanfo: Market Women Pays Courtesy Visit To Gani Adams

The Iyaloja of Oyo Land, Alhaja Chief Mrs Adepeju Bakare, on Monday, led market leaders from Oyo State to the Lagos home of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, Chief Gani Adams.

While congratulating the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate, Chief Bakare thanked the Alaafin of Oyo for “giving we the Iyalojas a befitting Aare Onakakanfo.”

According to her “Alaafin doesn’t just pick anybody for titles and we thank God you are the choice. No doubt you deserve the title, Alaafin’s choice cannot be faulted.

Quite a number of people she said, came to lobby for the position but Alaafin didnt give in to their pressure.

“What gladdens our heart is the fact that you were very accessible to us before you became the Aare, that is why we are sure you will reckon with us as the Aare Ona Kakanfo”

Also speaking during the visit, the Iyaloja Akesan in Oyo said the market women came to put themselves under the cover of the Aare.

“We have come to pledge our support to you because we are determined to support you”
“We have come to put ourselves under your cover. We want a good relationship with us and the entire Iyalojas in Yoruba land.”
Included in the Oyo team are the Iyalojas of Sabo Oyo market, Owode and Obada markets as well as Oba Adeyemi Shopping Complex, Ajagunle Market, and operators from the markets.


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New Aare Ona Kakanfo Of Yorubaland, Gani Adams Pledges To Reach Out To Bola Tinubu, Promote Yoruba Race

The new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, on Tuesday, said he would use his new position to reach out to a former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and other Yoruba leaders.

Adams, who is also the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), stated that though he was not as wealthy as the immediate past holder of the title, the late Chief M. K. O. Abiola, whom he said he had a high regard for, he was ready to use his structure to advance and promote the socio-cultural cause of the Yoruba.

His words: “I am not as wealthy as the last Aare Ona Kakanfo, but the structure I have today with six million followers is something that cannot be wished away.

“I am going to be a bridge-builder and promote the unity of the Yoruba race. I will reach out to people who will help to move the Yoruba race. I am going to reach out to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other Yoruba leaders.”

He said contrary to popular belief, the title was not a death knell for anybody chosen as the Aare Ona Kakanfo.

“Most men given the title were war generals. The myth that all the Aare Ona Kakanfo ended in tragedy is not true. We shouldn’t allow such a myth to cast a shadow on the good office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo.

“I am a fighter. You must understand that death is a product of God. I have been fighting for many years and will work to promote the Yoruba agenda,” he added.

Adams also spoke about age not being a factor to be considered for the title. “I am 47 years old. Chiefs Ladoke Akintola and M. K. O. Abiola were in their 40s when they were honoured. I am not too young to be the new Aare Ona Kakanfo.”

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Influential People In Lagos Behind Badoo Cult Group – Gani Adams

The National Leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, has said members of the Badoo cult are being sponsored by influential people in Lagos State.

Adams alleged that members of the cult were usually lured through job opportunities after which they were recruited into the gang.

His words:  “For about two and half years, our coordinators in Ijede have been giving us a lot of information about Badoo. We realised that some highly-placed personalities were involved.

“They use vacancy adverts, among others, to lure would-be Badoo members and they put up some (telephone) numbers. When you call the numbers, they will call you to come to their office and they will give you money for empowerment, like N250,000.

“From what we have gathered, they normally buy the (bloodstained) handkerchiefs for N500,000, N1m or N1.5m. A common man cannot afford that money. It is being organised by some prominent people.

“The Lagos State Government plays partisan politics with the lives and property of people whereas the first duty of government, whether federal, state or local, is to make sure the lives of the citizenry are protected.”

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