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Gani Adams begins rites to become Aare Ona Kakanfo


Otunba Gani Adams

The national coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, yesterday arrived in Oyo town to begin a three-day traditional rites heralding his installation as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

The OPC leader, who arrived at the ancient town around 5:20p.m. went straight to the residence of the chairman of the Planning Committee, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, where some leaders had been waiting for him.

Speaking with journalists before being led to a sacred place where he would be in seclusion to observe the traditional rites for three days, Adams said he was spiritually and mentally prepared for the task.

He said: “There is nothing to worry about, this is not the first I will be performing traditional rites, it’s part of our culture and anybody aspiring to hold any position of authority in Yorubaland must perform it. I won’t miss anything while at the seclusion, I will have more knowledge, understanding and related history about my new position.”

Bishop Ladigbolu while receiving Gani Adams said the rite is necessary because it is part of the steps to be taken for the official coronation. He also hinted that they are fully prepared for the official coronation on Saturday.

He added that the Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate is not expected to see the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, until the coronation say on Saturday.

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