Obasanjo, Oyetola task Yoruba on peace, unity of Nigeria
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the Yoruba ethnic nationalities to continue to promote peace, unity and development of the society.
He spoke at the weekend at Owu Kuta in Ayedire Local Council where he led scores of Owu sons and daughters home and in the Diaspora to mark the 29th version of Owu National Convention.
He said God had endowed Owu people with attributes and qualities to provide leadership position wherever they find themselves, stressing that the traits were recognised and respected in the larger Yoruba society.
The Balogun Owu and chief host at the event, who later swore in a new set of executive officers to lead the affairs of the body, urged his kinsmen to embrace the Yoruba ethos of Omoluabi.
Obasanjo, who paid glowing tributes to the departed monarchs and members, expressed gratitude to the Olowu Kuta, Oba Adekunle Makama Oyelude, for hosting the gathering a second time in four years.
The Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola, who also graced the occasion, lauded the Yoruba race for the role being played in fostering peace and unity in the nation.
To him, the Yoruba are a nation of hospitable and accommodating people who believe in oneness of the nation.
Commenting on the theme of the convention, “Harmony in Owu Polity: A recipe for national unity”, Oyetola described the Yoruba race as a believer in the harmony and oneness of the nation, adding that the migration of other tribes to their territories and settlements is not an issue because they are accommodating and hospitable.
The Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Makama Oyelude, in his speech, commended Obasanjo for his commitment to Owu development and national course.
He urged his kinsmen to be good ambassadors of Owu in their various communities.
The new National President, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, promised to lead the executive members to deliver the mandate of Owu race.