They used to be known only as our protectors in Lagos in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially when armed robberies of private residencies in the thick of night were the order of the day. OPC vigilantes ruled. Streets that were fed up of losing lives and valuables contracted them for security. With their charms and arms, they made us safer. The criminals feared them. And gradually due to their fierce efforts combined with Fashola’s relentless fight for a more peaceful Lagos, things became calmer.
Fast forward to Post 2015 Nigeria elections, and the name Gani Adams ( who leads OPC) leaves a sour taste in many mouths in Yorubaland. He famously banded with the Jonathan wagon, and to all our horror and dismay turned the OPC ( Odua Peoples Congress) militia against the very people they were commissioned to protect! The crawled the streets of Lagos armed to the teeth and threatened to overturn the democratic process in favour of foreigners to the land. This army who calls on our Yoruba ancient gods for support? Abomination…
So now in 2017 , not yet completely recovered from the shock of 2 years ago, we are hearing Gani Adams is to be the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland :/
But sadly it is no mere rumour…
“Aare Ayandotun Oyelakin, who represented the Alaafin , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi , informed the guests that the revered monarch might be considering conferring the exalted title of Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland on Adams, who is also the Chief Promoter, Olokun Festival Foundation.….“
No one knows what to make of it, but Ifa Dare says what we are all feeling….
Besides,what does the title Aare Ona Kakanfo represent ? Hafsat Abiola, whose father was the last one says,
“The Kakanfo is a member of the Esos, the guardians of the kingdom, which are a rank below the Oyo Mesi, Yoruba Royalty. Hence, the Esos constitute the noblemen of the second class and are also referred to as ‘iba,’ a military title based solely on merit. Indeed, the esos are organized like a military cadre – there are 70 captains of the guard, ten of whom are under the each one of seven councilors. The Kakanfo has a special place within this noble unit. Johnson explains: “first and foremost among them and apart by himself stands the kakanfo, an eso of the esos”. The Kakanfo title is akin to a field-marshal, and as Johnson also tells us, “is conferred upon the greatest soldier or tactician of the day“
Read her article on The Contemporary Politics and its Impact on the Office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo
I wonder what she would make of Gani Adams as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo?