Aare Ona Kakanfo: ‘Yorubas Are Solidly Behind You’ – Ambode Tells Gani Adams
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says the choice of Chief Gani Adams as the Aare Ona Kakanfo is divine, pledging to give him all the needed support.
Ambode made the remark on Tuesday, January 9, while receiving Adams at the State House in Alausa, Ikeja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adams, who is also the leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, is to be installed as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on January 13.
Ambode expressed the belief of Lagos State in the candidature of Adams and assured him of massive support and prayers.
“This visit is not ordinary; it is significant and it also shows that we are the embodiment of Yoruba heritage. We support fully your ascension to the title of the Aare Ona Kakanfo.
“This title is one of the most significant titles that bind the Yoruba culture and heritage together,” he said.
The governor said he cherished the Yoruba culture and heritage and pledged to ensure its sustenance.
“We will make sure that everything that has to do with Yoruba culture; we will protect it with all our heart. We believe that Lagos remains the bulwark of the future of the Yoruba race and we will not let it down,” Ambode said.
He said Adams’ ascension showed that the economic and political cohesion of the Yoruba race was in good hands.
Earlier, Adams had said the visit was to pay homage to the governor and to also introduce himself as the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate, a title which he said had existed for 558 years.
Adams commended Ambode for his role in the South-West regional integration and the erection of the statue of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“You are more interested in the integration of the South-West and I must commend you for that,’’ he said.
Adams said that the statue of Awolowo relived the memories of the past and the legacies of the late sage.
He assured the governor that he would use his new title to unite the Yoruba race as well as promote its culture and tourism.