I would say the “Ayes” have it. Or maybe the “Nays” are more timid with their protests
So far, quite a few people have come out vociferously in support.
“…With proven leadership ability and the requisite courage where older people may want to blink, here’s wishing the new Aarẹ the wisdom to lead, “
Read the rest of Aunty Tola’s glowing recommendation here
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As expected, Ifa Dare, that mysterious Facebook personality, had something to say:
So did Akingbade Olamilekan Moshood who apparently spent time in prison with Otunba Adams many years ago:
and Ayinke Adefemi in her inimitable style:
Even our Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was quoted in Premium TImes
“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.”
But the biggest supporter on this move is Alaafin himself , quoted in Premium Times as saying:
“The choice of Adams was well thought out before a decision was taken. You may not place him beside Abiola in terms of wealth and other great achievements of the former Are Ona Kakanfos among the Yoruba people and beyond, but Adams has shown enough charisma to deserve the honour.” Alaafin defends his decision here
The neutral folks kind of sidestepped the issue …..
DImeji Ajibogunsori formerly had the ” Gbonka Ebiri ” tag , and funnyman Mazi Abe Idris sounded neutral..
While the Outraged fumed:
Ibadankiniso was bitter and angry. He had witnessed and been caught up in OPC 2015 show of shame in Lagos. Let’s not forget that the new Aare Ona Kakanfo was the head and still is of OPC.
“People were shot before my very eyes at Iyana Ipaja during the struggle.”
“Which war has Gani Adams fought on behalf of the Yoruba? I only remember Gani to have won for himself a multi-billion pipeline contract from the clueless Goodluck Jonathan government” –Kakanfo My Foot!
Personally I have mixed feelings. Mercenaries are used in war all the time, but you cannot count on their loyalty. We are not at war, but there is a – with all the hope in the world , bloodless- battle ahead for Yorubas in the Homeland regarding issues like Restructuring, Federalism, Regionalisation even secession. We need someone who can head a “fearless” group of men. I suppose OPC is the closest we have to that? Even though it may be stretching it to call them fearless. Their most well known battle was against ordinary Lagos civilians. Will they join in oppressing or stand their ground against a Nigerian Army Python Dance aimed at the South West? What if the price is right? Hmmmm…..
How do you feel about our new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland aka “generalissimo” ( Nigerians love a buzzword, lol)?
What is Aare Ona Kakanfo? Read Hafsat Abiola’s article here