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Gani Adams lauds Oba of Benin for celebrating Oranmiyan Festival

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Says monarch’s move will enhance Yoruba, Benin bond
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has lauded the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, for celebrating the age- long Oranmiyan Festival.

He said it was noteworthy that the Benin monarch truly identified with Yoruba history by bridging the gap between Yoruba and Benin Kingdom.
Adams, in a statement, yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, said the Benin monarch had, through the festival, sustained the traditional bond between Yoruba and Benin Kingdom, adding that posterity will be kind to the Benin monarch for projecting the tradition of the Yoruba race.

He said: “With the new development, Oba Ewuare has demonstrated the need to sustain age-long tradition and values of the Benin and Yoruba.

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“The Yoruba history has for a long time established an enduring bond and relationship between Yoruba and Benin. So, it is of great importance to appreciate the Benin monarch because such a move will surely translate to a better relationship between Yoruba and the Benin Kingdom.

“I commend the monarch for re-establishing the old and existing bond between Yoruba and Benin Kingdom. The traditional bond between the Yoruba and Benin still endures till date.

“In Yoruba history, Oranmiyan is the progenitor of the ancient town of Oyo Empire. The Yoruba see him as Oranmiyan – Akin Orun. After founding the Oyo Empire, he later became the sixth Ooni of Ife. Today, the Alaafin of Oyo occupies the revered stool of Oranmiyan and up till today, Oyo people, through the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, have been able to sustain the legacies of the Yoruba by celebrating Oranmiyan festival in the past one decade.”

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