The National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Chief Gani Adams, on Saturday, made history as he was inaugurated the 15th Aare Ona Akakanfo of Yorubaland, 558 years after the stool was created.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, also made history on the same day by becoming the first Alaafin to install two Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. Oba Adeyemi installed the late Chief MKO Abiola as the 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo 30 years ago, a post the late businessman held for about 10 years.
The final installation rites which made Adams the new Generalissimo of the Yoruba race were performed by Oba Adeyemi at the Durban Stadium, Oyo. The ceremony was witnessed by the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, prominent traditional rulers from Yorubaland and outside including the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran.
Adams succeeded the late Chief MKO Abiola, who died in custody on July 7, 1998, while fighting for the restoration of June 12, 1993 presidential election mandate which was annulled by former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
The title created by King Ajagbo in the 17th century, was conferred on the 47-year-old indigene of Arigidi Akoko in the Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State at a ceremony attended by a large crowd of people from within and outside Nigeria.
The new Aare Ona Kakanfo is not expected to lead the Yoruba race to war but he was charged by various speakers at the event to fight the war of unity and bring all Yoruba sons and daughters together in order to develop the race.