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Ooni Urges Farmers, Herders To Close Ranks For Peaceful Coexistence



The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has charged farmers and herders across the country to close rank for peaceful coexistence and economic prosperity.

He spoke while playing host to thousands of Ile Ife natives and guests from other parts of the country who converged on Ile-Ife to celebrate the 2019 edition of the annual yam festival.

While addressing the multitude at his Ile Oodua Palace in the town, the Ooni who was flanked by his queen, Olori Silekunola Ogunwusi(Yeyeluwa) and Obalufe of Iremo-Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura, said peaceful coexistence is the secret to economic prosperity.

Ooni, the Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) lamented that the country has suffered economically from the clashes between farmers and herders, he therefore charged the two groups to embrace peace as a tool to enhance productivity.

“Both farmers and herders are two critical stakeholders in food production, I want to advise them to use peace to boost productivity.

“The government has been trying and has even promised to step up the fight against insecurity in the country. So I call on all stakeholders in food production especially the farmers to be patience with the government’s approach towards stabilizing peaceful coexistence across the country.” Ooni said.

On the motivation behind the recent economic boom across Ile Ife markets, Ooni Ogunwusi described the ancient city as the one prominent for countless economic activities earlier before modern civilization.

“The abandoned ancient Oja-Ife market also spiritually known as Oja Ejigbom’ekun which is the first market in the world and others like the Itakogun and Ajifowobaje markets as well as Oja Tuntun have been revived to bring back the lost economic glories of Ile Ife.” the Ooni noted.

The monarch prayed that Nigeria would soon defeat the insecurity menace currently facing the country for economic progress and agricultural productivity.

He thereafter performed the symbolic slicing of a tuber of yam which is a declaration that new yam can now be consumed across Yorubaland.




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