The appointment of OPC National co-coordinator, Otunba Gani Adams by the Alafin of Oyo as the new Aare Ona Kakanfo has been followed by reactions from prominent people around the country.
The latest people to congratulate Gani Adams are APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and PDP chieftain, Femi Fani Kayode.
Tinubu, in the congratulatory message issued in Lagos said that Adams richly deserved the appointment. He said Adams had never left anyone in doubt over his resolve to fight for the interest of Yoruba race.
“I congratulate you on your appointment as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. With this, you have joined the elite rank of generalissimos in Yorubaland. “You deserve this honour. You have a heart of steel. You have never left anyone in doubt about your resolve and readiness to fight for and defend the interest of Yoruba race.”
“In Yorubaland, particularly in the old Oyo Empire, the position of Aare Ona Kakanfo has always been a significant one.
The Asiwaju said that as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo and going through the list of those who had occupied the position, Adams “come with an extra youth, vigour and vitality, which would be an added advantage’’.
“ I rejoice with you and wish you well as you assume this leadership mantle and forge ahead in the service of our people,’’ he said.
Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos also commended the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi for the appointment of Adams as the Aare Ona Kakanfo. “I congratulate you Kabiyesi, Iku Baba Yeye, over the appointment of Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland
“You have accomplished another important task. You have broken the 19 years hiatus in picking another nominee for this prestigious title. “Otunba Gani Adams’ appointment comes after the demise of the last occupant of the office, Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12 election, who died in incarceration in 1998.
“I commend you Kabiyesi for the thorough search which produced the Oodua People’s Congress Leader as the next occupant. “While wishing you renewed strength, good health and continued successful reign, I also wish the new Aare Ona kakanfo a glorious tenure,’’ he said.
Femi Fani Kayode posted a congratulatory message on his Twitter page early this morning. The message reads:
“I congratulate my brother Gani Adams on the conferment of the ancient title of Aare Ona Kakanfo (Field Marshal of the Yoruba) on him by the Alaafin of Oyo. He is courageous, fearless, strong, loyal and disciplined. He is a warrior’s warrior and he will never bow to the enemy!”