This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, January 10, 2016
MURIC COMMENDS OONI FOR ATTENDING MODAKEKE DAY
11th January 2016,
MURIC COMMENDS OONI FOR
ATTENDING MODAKEKE DAY
The new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Saturday 26th
December, 2015 attended this year’s Modakeke Day celebrations.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) lauds the new Ooni for taking this giant step
towards peace and reconciliation. By brushing aside all protocols and sidestepping
bureaucratic redtape, the Ooni’s deft move has achieved in one day what
successive governments have failed to achieve in decades despite parading
massive official paraphernalia. This includes the Chief Bode George Committee
which was set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It is a diplomatic
Looked at from another angle, the Ooni’s attendance at Akoraiye Day in
Modakeke reveals another quality in Oba Ogunwusi which is rare among
traditional rulers. It is humility nulli
secundus for a first class traditional ruler of the caliber of the Ooni of
Ife, to ignore past hostilities and attend the ceremony of not just a perceived
foe but that of a people with whom Ile-Ife had engaged in internecine war that
claimed the lives of thousands.
Ooni’s declaration yesterday during the visit of the Afenifere Renewal
Group in which he advocated peaceful coexistence and a return to Yoruba
cultural values is equally didactic. He has repeatedly assured that his reign
will be dedicated to cultural renaissance and the development of Yorubaland.
In this connection, we bring the plight of university lecturers, teachers
and students of Yoruba language to the attention of Kabiyesi, the Ooni of Ife. The cultural renaissance may remain a dream if the education sector
continues its current hostile posture to Yoruba as a subject studied in
language as a subject has been relegated to the background in the curriculum.
It is so bad that some universities in Yorubaland now reject credit in Yoruba
as one of the five subjects acceptable for admission. Worse still, some
universities in Yorubaland are threatening to remove Yoruba as one of their
We urge the royal father to use his good office and influence as the
chairman of Osun State Council of Obas to mobilize all traditional rulers in the
state and subsequently the entire Yorubaland towards ensuring that Yoruba
language recovers its pride of place in our curriculum.
appeals to the people of Ifeland to see the trait of leadership by example in
the Ooni’s action. We call on all the sons and daughters of Ife to rally round
the young but divinely endowed monarch so that the cradle of Yorubaland can
fulfill its destiny.The first step towards achieving this is to eschew violence
in all its ramifications. Crisis of all kinds, political, cultural or religious
must be avoided. It is unity that can make Ife truly great.
Since it takes two to tango, we call on the Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Francis
Adedoyin, to reciprocate the Ooni’s good gesture. The geographical proximity of
the two towns should be exploited for better advantage.
this end, we warmly welcome the Ooni’s philanthropic offer of jobs to 20,000
widows of the fratricidal war from both sides. This will help in healing wounds
and facilitate full reconciliation.The economic empowerment of widows from both sides clearly portrays the new monarch, Ojaja
II, not only as a man of peace but also as a royal father with a heart of gold.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has stooped to conquer. He has won a life-long
battle without firing a single shot. This is a mark of greatness and a symbol
of good leadership.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)