Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II on Sunday proceeded on a seven-day annual seclusion as Olojo festival begins in Ile Ife.
While addressing newsmen on his way out of the palace, Ooni Ogunwusi who is the co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers noted that he was in a very high spirit to formally begin this year’s Olojo festival with seclusion to meet with God Almighty who owns the “Day” through fasting and prayers during which he will pray for the resuscitation of the country’s economy.
The foremost African traditional ruler who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up an excellent Economic Advisory Council led by Prof. Doyin Salami warned stakeholders especially those within the presidency to resist attempts to sabotage the council’s efforts in the best interest of Nigerians, especially the poor masses.
“I am going into seclusion now just to pray for the presidency that they should listen to provide an enabling environment for the newly constituted Economic Advisory Council to do their job. It is very important. In fact, we have to do it in any way we have to do it because Nigerian economy needs to be resuscitated in a rapid manner for the betterment of our country. I am so much familiar with the pedigrees of all the members and I’m so sure they will deliver only if given free hands to work.
“As a spiritual head of the Yoruba race, I must continue to pray for the country and the government. I must also intercede for the people to support the government and for the government to work for the people. The president has to listen to this wonderful team. Every recommendation must be followed because these are experts carefully selected from all parts of Nigeria. Failure to listen to them might even draw us back.
“There is problem in Nigeria, we cannot continue to deceive ourselves because if we do so, we are only postponing the evil day. It is important that we do a rapid economic transformation.
“We are very thankful for having a corrupt-free President and whoever that would not allow him to listen to the council will have God Almighty to contend with,” the Ooni said.
While explaining the significance of the seven-day seclusion, Ooni Adeyeye revealed that the Almighty God answers prayers during the period, noting that all he prayed for during last year’s seclusion, particularly for peaceful state and general elections, were granted by God.
The Ooni further stated that “this time around as the Arole Oduduwa, I am focusing more on how Nigerian economy will be completely turned over. If you look around, you will see unemployed youths everywhere this is the time to pay attention to these kegs of gunpowder that we are all seated upon.”
While commended the Buhari administration for constituting an Economic Advisory Council made up of experts, he expressed the hope that the country’s economic fortunes will change for good.