The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday received the Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate and the National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, with a promise that he would lead the Senate delegation to his installation on January 13 2018 by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
Senators present at the reception for Adams included Sola Adeyeye, Monsurat Sunmonu, Omotayo Alasoadura, Boroffice Ajayi, Olamilekan Adeola and Clifford Ordia.
Saraki hailed the choice of Adams, saying it was good that younger Nigerians were assuming the mantle of leadership.
A statement issued by Adams’ Chief of Staff, Segun Akanni, and obtained by The PUNCH in Jos, said the Senate President expressed optimism that as the generalissimo of his people, Adams would be committed to the promotion of culture and tradition of Yoruba Land.
Saraki was quoted as saying, “I was very delighted and glad when I read it in the news that you have been appointed as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land; your determination and commitment to the promotion of culture and tradition as well as the defence and love you have for the Yoruba race and Nigeria led you to where you are today.
“You are not a new person to me; I have known you for long, especially when I was the governor of Kwara State; you came to the state for a lot of cultural and people-oriented events; you have distinguished yourself, thank God for your life. I assure you that I will lead the delegation of the members of the Senate to Oyo on your installation day.”
Gani Adams explained that his visit to the Senate President was to introduce himself as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land.
He requested the presence of the Senate President at his installation on January 13 in Oyo.
Adams also hailed the courage of Saraki and praised him for the political wisdom he had used in handling the affairs of the Upper Chamber.
He said, “We witnessed a lot of activities of different Senate Presidents since 1999; but the way and manner you approach issues are excellent, you have transformed and repackaged the image of the Senate.”