The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi have called for sustained unity among Yorubas.
They made this known when they were honoured with distinguished awards of Extraordinary Ambassador of Peace by the Methodist Church of Nigeria.
Ooni Ogunwusi who was accompanied by his wife, Olori Wuraola and a retinue of traditional chiefs, to the Oyo venue of the event was received by the Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi who equally received the same award.
Also honoured at the event is former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who received Heroic Leadership Award.
Ooni Ogunwusi noted that the unity and peace being enjoyed among leading Yoruba monarchs and all black nations is real and shall be sustained, no matter the challenges.
While thanking the Methodist Church for the honour
bestowed on him, the Alaafin, the former president and others, Ogunwusi promised to always ensure the Yorubaland remains united and peaceful.
He therefore canvassed love, tolerance, respect and fear of God as factors for lasting peace.
Also speaking the Alaafin of Oyo remarked that the award of Extraordinary Ambassador of peace is most precious to him compared to all awards he had received in the past.
He commended the Ooni’s peace campaign within the Yoruba nation which he described as worthy just as he prayed for the sustenance of the existing peace.
Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who got the award of Heroic leadership was represented at the occasion by his wife, Bola Obasanjo.
Obasanjo who described the award as most prestigious advised youths to emulate the humility and mutual respect being exhibited by the Ooni and Alaafin.
In his sermon, the Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Makinde said the two great monarchs are excellent kings with virtuous and exemplary style of leadership.
” Ooni and Alaafin are men of history who are already creating indelible footprints on the pages of history.”
While commending the efforts of the monarchs towards enduring peace and unity among the Yoruba traditional rulers, Dr Makinde charged them to continue to demonstrate the tradition of humility and love which he described as the bedrock of development in any progressive society.
Other awardees at the event are a popular veteran actor Lere Paimo; Professor Olatunde Fawole, Rector, The Polythecnic Ibadan; The Iyalode of Methodist Church Apaara Oyo, Chief Mrs Oyebisi Animashaun among others.
The event was in commemoration of the 3rd Service of Award of the Progressive Association in Christ of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Oyo Circuit, Nigeria.