The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Wednesday condemned in strong terms the incessant killings going on in the country, saying the senseless bloodshed must be brought to an end.
Ooni stated this at a conference on African origins in Lagos tagged: ‘New scientific evidence on origins of Nigerian peoples’, organised by Adulawo media in conjunction with the Royal House of Oduduwa and Genetics Society of Nigeria.
The Ooni, a special guest of honour at the event, urged Nigerians to let peace reign in the country if we are to engender the much desired unity, Vanguard writes.
“We are all brothers and sisters and cannot afford to be divided; we need to embrace one another and put end to the incessant killings across the country,” he said.
“If we speak with one voice and protect one another across board, the generation yet unborn will be very happy that we fought for them. We can’t continue to be divided. Why are we killing ourselves? Enough is enough; let us look inward to take our region and country as a whole to another level.”
He added that the unborn generation may find it difficult to forgive if “we failed to come together as one and promote our heritage.”
“There is no nation in the world that has grown without heritage, culture and tradition of that nation. Look at Japan, they didn’t jettison their culture”, he said.
The Ife monarch then called on Southerners and Nigerians in particular to come together and promote common ideals.