By Akeem Abas
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State says the appointment of Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare-Ona Kakanfo is a source of pride to the Yoruba race.
The governor spoke on Wednesday evening in Ibadan while receiving Adams who was in his office on a courtesy call.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adams was appointed the Aare-Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on October 15.
“You are very deserving of that position because you have turned and improved the image of our socio-security group. You have brought respectability to our people through your conduct and carriage.
“You are a pride to the Yoruba race, Nigeria and Africa,” he said.
Ajimobi said Adams’ visit to the state was much expected considering its status as the intellectual, political and socio-cultural capital of the Yoruba race.
“Yoruba land has existed for several centuries. In fact, Ibadan was formed by warriors from across Yoruba land. Your coming here as the Aare-Ona Kakanfo is home coming.
“We assure you of our support spiritually, culturally, morally and financially,’’ he said.
Earlier, Adams said that the Aare-Ona Kakanfo title was the only position that unifies the Yoruba race, adding that he was in Ibadan because of its status as the political capital of the Yorubas.
Adams described Ajimobi as a good and responsive leader considering his achievements so far in the state.