Facts have emerged on real reason the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, decided to pick the national coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo out of 5 aspirants that he considered.
Born in Arigidi-Akoko area of Ondo State, Adams is succeeding late MKO Abiola, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Abiola died in detention camp of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1998, for refusing to trade his presidential mandate for freedom.
Oba Adeyemi has disclosed that a letter of appointment had been issued to Adams on Sunday during his 79th birthday celebration, adding that “Yes, I have confirmed Otunba Gani Adams as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
He emerged out of the five aspirants that I considered for the position but I will hold a press conference where he will be formally announced. It is after this announcement that the traditional rites for his installation will start,” he said.
In a letter titled: ‘The making of new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland: Aare Ona Kakanfo Proclamation’, the Alaafin said:
“Since the demise of Aare Moshood Olawale Kasimawo Abiola there have been numerous appeals, requests, applications, delegations, and agitations from various parts of the Yoruba Nation for the filling of the vacant position.
The position of Are Ona Kakanfo in Yoruba history makes it mandatory for us to hasten slowly, and that is what we have done. Manliness, courage, and patriotic zeal (not political ambition or opportunism), were three virtues respected in Yorubaland, even during the Yoruba warfare in the 19th century.
The Yoruba call heroes Akinkanju, interpreted as brave men and saviours; of their people in times of trouble. In socio-political circumstances, the Akinkanju is considered as vital to his society as the head is vital to the snake.
Announcing Adams as the next holder of the title, he said: “The Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate is Otunba Gani Adams, National Coordinator, OPC, Founder and Promoter of Olokun Festival Organization, and Founder of Odua Progressive Union with active branches in Africa and other countries of the world.”