The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has restated that the people of Igbo decent hail from Ile-Ife in Osun state, Concise News understands.
This online news medium reports that the Ooni said this at the weekend at his Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife while receiving the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos State, Solomon Ogbonna, who accompanied the delegation of African Farmers And Cultural Organization on a courtesy visit to the palace.
“I am so happy to have the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State here as part of this empowerment initiative,” the traditional ruler said.
“Lagos is part of Yoruba land, we are all one, we are all the same, the history is there, the facts are there and we should actually put these facts out. Why are we fighting?
“This is your root. I said it recently, some of our Yoruba kinsmen with ignorance of our history came out to berate my position on the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo people.
“We have to say the truth and the truth must set us all free, we are blood brothers. We should be inseparable. Please feel at home in Yorubaland and respect your Yoruba brothers and sisters, too.
“We still have House of Igbo right in this palace till date. We call it Ile Igbo up till now. Our ancestors are buried and transfigured there.
“That is where kolanut was first discovered and nurtured. The Igbo are still the biggest consumers and users of kolanut which is only planted in Yorubaland till date. Can the Igbo do without kolanut?
“The ancient Igbo house is one of the most sacred places in the palace till date. One of my brother kings – Aka Arogundabi from Iremo quarters saw the mysteries of house of Igbo(Aka-ri-Igbo). Till date, Akarigbo of Remoland still sees house of Igbo as a common heritage of his forebears.
“He also maintained that he is a reincarnated spirit of his ancestors, asking Olugbo of Ugbo in Ondo State, Oba Fredrick Akinrutan Obateru to visit the Ile Oodua in Ile-Ife for proofs and evidences on the Igbo/Yoruba ties and also various tribes of Igbo ancestory in Ife.
“We have a lot of discoveries that the Igbo and Yoruba people once lived together as one family and this will be revealed to the public. We should look at things that connect us together, not those that separate us.
“I am a reincarnated spirit of our ancestors; my name is Enitan which means a child of stories and mysteries.
“I had come to this world before, that’s why I am Babatunde also and I am back again to establish the truth and nothing but the truth and the truth will set us all free.”