The anciety city of Ile-Ife was alive with activities on Saturday, as businessman and philanthropist, Chief Adebutu Kesington, popularly known as Baba Ijebu was installed as the Odole-Oodua by the Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
The title had been held by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who was installed by the late Ooni Adesoji Aderemi. The late legal icon, Chief Godwin Kolawole Ajayi was the last holder of the title who was installed by the late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade,
During the installation ceremony of Adebutu, he was led into the Oranmiyan shrine known as IGBO EEDE for traditional rites where he was blessed in preparations for his installation during a rite led by the custodian of the groove, Owa Eredumi of Ife, Omiwenu Odeyele.
He was later led to the Ogun Laadin shrine in the palace for another round of blessings and traditional rite before joining the Ooni Ogunwusi to receive final blessings and instruments of office in the presence of prominent personality.
His wives, Caroline and Amina were also conferred with the title of Yeyemode and Yeyerewa Oodua respectively.
Speaking at the event, President Muhammadu Buhari emphasised the need to promote unity among Yoruba race and Nigerian in general.
In his address presented by the Minister for Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said the holders of the title of Odole, starting from Awolowo have done so well in promoting unity, peace and progress of the country.
Eulogising the new title holder for his philanthropic gesture, the President said he must use the same seal to also promote the culture and tradition of the Yoruba race.
“The legacies that the holders of the title of Odole purzue9 are unity, peace and progress of the Yoruba race and Nigeria in general as well as promotion of culture and tradition of the race.
“I urge Sir Adebutu to maintain this and even do more in the interests of the black race”, he stressed.
Oneof the sons of Chief Adebutu, Ladi Adebutu said the family would collectively make efforts to ensure that the Yoruba race remain United.
According to him, there is need for the Yoruba to reflect on their present position and find a way of making things work better by being united.
Lauding Oba Adeyeye for spearheading unity and progress of the race, he said his father would be a better partnership in the efforts.
Among those in attendance were the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governors Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Minister for Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
Also present were, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Tokunbo Dosunmu-Awolowo, Akarigbo Remo, Oba Babatunde, Chief Bode George, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, Oladipo Diya, Femi Pedro, Dele Momodu, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, Kofoworola Adebutu, Deputy Governor, Edo state, Dame Abimbola Fashola, and Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
Traditional rulers and white capacity chiefs across the southwest were also part of the gathering.