Aree Onakaakanfo rites begin Wednesday

The final rites for the installation of Chief Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland will begin on Wednesday.

Since he was announced as the Aare Ona Kakanfo in 2017 by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi II, Adams had been engaged in several processes that would lead to his installation on January 13, 2018 at Durbar Stadium, Oyo State.

From Wednesday, the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress will be in seclusion in Oyo town.

A statement, on Sunday, from the Media Office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate said the rites schedule, which will end in the wee hours of Saturday, was drawn by the Palace of Oba Adeyemi.

The statement added, “Also in the schedule of programme for the installation is a press conference to be addressed by the Oyo State Government to unveil the details of the installation ceremony on Saturday and provide guests and users of the ever-busy Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomoso Road with traffic diversion and parking arrangements.

“Among the several dignitaries expected at the ceremony are the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara; and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi.

“Also expected are the Obas of the six South-West states and those of Yoruba-speaking areas of Kogi and Kwara states; captains of industry and the Diplomatic Corps in Nigeria and representatives of foreign governments.”

Adams, who succeeds the late business mogul, Chief M. K. O. Abiola, as the Aare Ona Kakanfo, was appointed by Oba Adeyemi on October 16, 2017.


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