Ooni Fires Olugbo Over his Assertion on Moremi

Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi , Ooni of Ife, , has disagree with the Olugbo of Ugbo in Ondo State, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, over his comments describing the Yoruba heroine, Moremi, as a conspirator. Ogunwusi made this known in a statement by his media aide, Moses Olafare, on Sunday.


He wondered why a Yoruba monarch would refer to Moremi as a traitor because she liberated her people from incessant invasions.

The Olugbo, in his comments earlier, had said: “Our forefathers descended from heaven that is why we are called ‘Ugbo Atorunwo’.

“To set the record straight, Moremi remains a traitor. She was a slave captured by Ugbo warriors during one of their many raids on Ile-Ife.

“She became the wife of Osangangan Obamakin, the son of Oranfe, who was the paramount ruler of over 13 aboriginal communities of ancient Ugbomokun, which later came to be called Ile-Ife.

“Oduduwa came to Ugbomokun as a stranger and was welcomed in Ilero, the aboriginal palace of Osangangan Obamakin, which is still in existence in present-day Iremo in Ile Ife.

“During the dynastic struggles, Osangangan Obamakin was directed by the oracles (Ifa and Osanyin) to leave Ile-Ife. Moremi betrayed her husband’s trust when she exposed the secret of the Ugbo warriors’ gallantry.”

However, in his statement on Sunday, Ogunwusi said: “The attention of ILE-OODUA has been drawn to a statement credited to Oba Frederick Akinruntan through the Olugbo-in-Council berating the people of Ile-Ife for celebrating Moremi Ajasoro as a heroine and goddess of liberty.

“Olugbo’s outburst can only be viewed as a pitiable act of absurdity that doesn’t deserve serious attention by serious minded people.”

The Ooni said the Yoruba “remain very proud of the great queen Moremi Ajasoro, a brave woman who sacrificed her only son Oluorogbo for the victory of her people over the faceless terrorists who raided Ife markets.

He added: “We will not dignify this rascality of royalty with an expected response as we are not ready for any useless supremacy battle incapable of taking Yoruba to a greater height.

“Most paramount on my mind as Ooni with the unflinching support of Baba Alaafin, Baba Awujale, Baba Alake, Baba Orangun, Baba Deji, Baba Ewi, Baba Osemawe, Baba Olubadan, Oba of Lagos and other relevant peace loving monarchs in Yorubaland and in other parts of the country is and remains the much needed progress of Yoruba nation.

“This can only be catalysed by peace and unity. This has necessitated my unimaginable barrier-breaking unity visits I have been taking around not only in Yorubaland but also across Nigeria and internationally.

“These activities in the last one year are enough to attest to my personality as a king of peace.

“It is a pity that at this time when everybody is tired of retrogressive royal discord generally agreed to have colossally hindered our pace of progress as a people of common heritage politically and socio-economically, the Olugbo, who claims to be the chairman of Yoruba Obas Committee on Peace and Reconciliation, has suddenly, without a deep knowledge of Yoruba history, woken up to see royal controversy as the only tool for cheap publicity.

“As Ooni, I am not interested in joining issues with Oba Akinruntan or anyone on any matter that can jeopardise our peace and unity project which is already making impact in so many sectors, including youth development, women empowerment, cultural tourism, agricultural revolution, unification of our elders and traditional rulers, to mention but a few.

“We, therefore, urge every lover of peace and unity in Africa to ignore any reckless statement capable of further dividing us.

“They should rather see the author of such statement as a person who poses a danger to our peaceful coexistence.

“Yoruba must remain united, Nigeria must remain united, Africa must remain united and the entire black worldwide must remain united because we are one before the Almighty God.”



  1. Ooni first baptism of foul tongue and his reactions were quite good and in good measure also .

    I hope olugbo won’t remain obstinate in his unroyal errors

  2. I hope Oba Akinruntan (Commonly called Obat) will listen to the Voice of wisdom.
    Oba Akinruntan is notorious for causing trouble whenever there is peace,
    I am personally not surprise at his Unwelcomed outburst.

    Very unnecessary twist of history from Obat.

  3. This public argument makes Nigeria and Yorubaland a great innovative, technologically advanced country whose people are happy, healthy, prosperous, respected and well to do.

  4. So with the death of Christ on cross of Calvary. Is this how all humanity will pass away from this world without salvation. I pity you all. If anyone of you living now does without salvation and living a holy and righteous life you are doomed forever in eternity in hell fire. Will you people not open your eyes and see that Jesus Christ is coming very soon. Hmmmm this is a great warning. Desist from all these practise of idol worshiping. All the so called deity ended in hell fire. Yet humanity left Salvation provided by God and holds unto satan and it’s agent. The earlier the better you people surrender your life to Jesus. Don’t deceive yourself.

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