Immediate past president of Ghana, John Mahama, has lauded efforts of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at uniting the African continent, Punch reports.
Mr Mahama, who spoke in Ile-Ife during a visit to the monarch, encouraged Oba Ogunwusi to do more at ensuring that the common heritage of the African continent is preserved.
The ex-Ghanaian leader, said he was in Ile-Ife to return Ooni’s visit to him while in office two years. He urged the royal father not to relent in his efforts to bring every tribe and interests in Africa under one fold.
A statement issued on Friday by Moses Olafare, the Director, Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace quoted Mahama as saying: “I am overwhelmed by the welcome I got and the current atmosphere since I stepped out of the car. The drums, dance, songs, dressing and others are indeed wonderful.”
“As a student of history, I have read and studied that Ile-Ife kingdom as the cradle of human race, and the kingdom occupies a high position in the global history.”
“I have come to return His Imperial Majesty’s visit to the Republic of Ghana two years ago, especially to encourage him in his efforts of unifying the African continent. I’m impressed, and I appreciate everything done in my honour.”
Responding, Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, who was flanked by his wife, Silekunola Naomi, declared that African continent remains one big family, despite the existence of boundaries between her countries and communities.
The royal father said before the advent of the Western civilization, there were no boundaries between the African nations and communities.
“But it gladdens my heart that with committed individuals like President Mahama, we have remained that united big family working together for the progress of the African continent.
“When I was in Ghana to honour Mr. President two years ago, he was in power, to the glory of God, he displayed humility and simplicity,” Ooni concluded.