By: Pamilerin Arayemi
When a person is on the path of charting a worthy cause, such a path is usually strewn with thorns and thistles planted by detractors who surely would be fighting tooth and nail to frustrate his good works.
Such is the undeserved experience that the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Babatunde Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 2 has had to face few years upon saddling the throne of the Ooni of Ife. Not a few have thrown slings and tried to reduce the significance of his authority.
Despite the man’s impeccable strides, those who see nothing good in his noble intentions are busy throwing spanners into the works. Imbued with wisdom and humility, the amiable royal father has taken them all in his strides, determined not to be distracted from his service to humanity, preferring not to join issues with anyone. This is the true quality of someone who is cut for leadership because at the end, his works will be evident for all to see.
Recently apparently in trying to get some relevance in the competitive news space, online news portal www.theoctopusnews.com, wrote a very uncomplimentary story in apparent effort to smear the Ooni with some dirt about one Peju, a supposed relative of the Ooni, whose marriage to a certain Dr. Oladipupo Hammed hit the rocks and is presently in court, according to the report.s
In the report, www.theoctopusnews.com quoted Princess Peju as one of the sisters of the Ooni and wove the story around the Ooni in an, uninformed, uncharitable and misguided zeal.
However, contrary to the baseless report, findings by www.smileinternationalmagazine.com revealed that the said Peju is not related to the highly revered monarch. A close source of the Ogunwusi family described the flying story as ‘figment of an imaginary hallucinations’.
‘How do you say someone is our sister, when the world knows the Ogunwusi family and the female daughters therein, none bears Peju. One can conveniently describe what was written as hallucinations from the pit of hell’, the source spoke angrily.
Our source further enjoined some bloggers to desist from making themselves instruments in the hands of detractors who are hellbent to denigrate the Ooni’s stool.
Feelers from the Ooni’s palace revealed that Oba Ogunwusi who hosted an historic visit of Oba of Benin on Saturday, 28th of April is unperturbed as he was busy on Sunday at his Enuwa Palace conducting the annual Olokun festival when the sad tales was flying about town.
The lady in question is Peju Ogunleye, and is from a ruling house through her mother.
Since he assumed the throne, Oba Ogwunusi has been doggedly trying to nunite the Yoruba nation has also been involved in several projects to uplift the lot of his people. He has initiated several projects with immense prospects for employment generation and revenue generation. A man passionate about tourism, his Ife Grand Resort.and Leisure project in Ile Ife is near completion and what blessings that would bring should be palpable.
Only those with foresight can see the direction of the Ooni and have been lending their support in that direction.People like enigmatic lady, Toyin Kolade and some worthy Nigerians both from Ife and beyond.
We believe that at the last count all the detractors will tuck their tails between their legs in shame.
Long live the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Babatunde Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 2.