Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, Friday, visited Ile-Ife to congratulate the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on his marriage to Olori Silekunola Naomi Ogunwusi, which took place recently.
The duo also used the occasion to rekindle their old friendship.
Governor Obiano described Oba Ogunwusi, who is co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria as his father and long time friend, adding that Ile-Ife remains the spiritual home of the Yoruba people.
According to the governor, “Your Majesty, I was far away in America when you got married. As a son and long time friend of yours, I consider it necessary to come and congratulate you and your beautiful Yeyeluwa because you have always shown love to me, to my wife, to our government, to the people of Anambra State and Igboland in general.
My wife and I are so proud to be associated with you as the king of this town, Ile-Ife, which is the spiritual home of the Yoruba race”
“I am praying for your long life on this sacred throne of Oduduwa, I wish you and your wife Yeyeluwa, good health and God Almighty will bless your marriage with good children”, he added.
Responding, Oba Ogunwusi commended Obiano for the visit, describing him “as a long time friend who has always shown love and respect to the throne of Oduduwa and the overall traditional institution in Nigeria.
“Your Excellency, on behalf of Yeyeluwa and I and on behalf of the people of Ife Kingdom, I welcome you to your home. This is the throne of Oduduwa, father of over 500million people worldwide,” the monarch said.
The traditional ruler continued, “we have come a long way together, you are my long time friend, even when we had nothing and when we didn’t know God had prepared exalted positions for both of us in this country. You have also made me so proud as one of the very best governors this country has ever produced.
“You have been working assiduously in the service of your people and that is why you are well loved by the people of Anambra and Igbo nation as a whole”, Oba Ogunwusi remarked.