The Rotimi Akeredolu led government and people of Ondo State have described the choice of Dr Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo as testimony to his bravery and broad- minded commitment to Yoruba nationalism.
In a congratulatory letter issued by the state government at the weekend, by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi, on behalf of “government and people of Ondo state” to the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate, the Kakanfo title was described as “a rare honour bestowed on him by the great monarch, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi”
Olowolabi said “I write to convey to you the good wishes of the people and government of Ondo State over your recent appointment as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.
“This is a rare honour attesting to your bravery and broad minded commitment to Yoruba nationalism.”
The government also said Gani Adams, who is also a native of Arigidi Akoko in Ondo state, in the last two decades, had carved a niche for himself “as a courageous advocate of cultural renaissance and a front line defender of the interest of your people”
Stating further that “having come this far in his career as cultural revivalist and a leader of the famous Oodua peoples congress ,no one was surprised that you have been so honoured.
“It is therefore , our fervent prayers that God will give you the wisdom to succeed in your huge historic task of fostering unity, upholding integrity and development of Oduduwa sons and daughters ” the letter concluded.
Recently, the Governor Of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, joined the list of prominent Nigerians that have sent goodwill messages to the recently proclaimed 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams.
According to Obaseki, Adams deserves the appointment based on the sterling leadership qualities exhibited as the National Coordinator of the Odua People’s Congress.
He equally said his antecedents as an advocate of the Yoruba people and commitment to the promotion of the Yoruba cultural heritage through greater cultural awareness among the people must have contributed immensely to his nomination to the most prestigious war title in Yorubaland.