Queen of England, Elizabeth Alexandra has been requested to be among the diginitaries attending the coronation ceremony of the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II.
Biyi Odunlade, the spokesperson of the coronation committee, told journalists in Ife on Monday that other dignitaries being expected for the December 7 coronation include President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; governors from at least 20 states, and ministers.
He however added that the queen will likely send a representative and not attend the event in person.
Meanwhile, the monarch, who was represented at the event by his brother, Adegboyega Ogunwusi, said his priority would be to tackle youth unemployment in Ife.
As a gesture of his commitment to the development of the town, the Ooni donated 50 transformers to some communities in the town and promised to supply 50 more transformers within the next 30 days.
He said, “Let me acquaint you with what I have done in less than 70 days. I have given out over 20 electricity transformers worth about N250m. I donated 50 transformers when I was a prince. I will buy another 50 transformers within the next 30 days to further enhance electricity distribution. With this, small scale businesses of welders, tailors and others will naturally witness improvement.
“Providentially, I know the core investor and the Chairman, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, personally and very well. I have engaged him and his team to make this a reality and work has commenced in earnest. We will witness this transformation by the very special grace of God.”
“To revamp the stadium, I have already opened discussion with the Osun State Government on this. I will set up a football academy and we will have 16 clubs in Ife.”
Source: The Punch