President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), as the chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
A statement issued by Yera Moses Olafare, the director of media at the Ooni’s palace, and made available to journalists yesterday, commended Buhari for recognising Ooni’s efforts to promote unity among Nigerians.
The palace said, ” Ile Oodua is thankful to the people’s president, Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for the appointment of Ooni, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, as the chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), as the development will further enable the monarch to build more bridges of friendship, especially across the Niger.”
The statement added that Ooni was ready to bring to bear his influence and connections to promote unity and harmonious working relationships at the university.
The palace further urged Nigerians to promote only issues that can foster unity in order to ensure speedy development, rather than play up their differences.
The statement reads in part, “It is incontrovertible today that Ooni Ogunwusi is a bridge builder, and being the youngest chancellor appointed for the only university bearing “Nigeria” is worth the celebration.
“His appointment as chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsuka, is considered as a positive sign that can further enhance peaceful coexistence of our dear nation as it was clearly stated in the letter of appointment written and signed by Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, on behalf of Mr President, that Kabiyesi’s appointment is based on his wealth of experience and his capacity to manage men and resources, which he has demonstrated in the administration of his Kingdom in the last three months.”