I Won’t Die Young As Aare Ona Kakanfo, Says Gani Adams

I Won’t Die Young As Aare Ona Kakanfo, Says Gani Adams
October 21 21:02 2017 Print This Article

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams has stated that he will not die young as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Saturday he dismissed the belief that taking the title may lead to his early death, maintaining that not all past holders died young.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III had recently conferred the title on Adams who will become the 15th Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, when installed.

“Let me say that death belongs to God. Only God can decide and determine when anyone can die and until God decides, I will not die young as the defender of my people. Aare title is highly spiritual and I have handed over my destiny and tenure to God.

“The position in the past meant that you have to continually fight wars to protect your people, and may be killed in the process, but that was before Nigeria became a sovereign nation.

“The job in the modern era is limited in terms of physical defense because there are security apparatus to settle disputes.

“However, it has become a position to unify the Yoruba race, defend their interest and believe in their cause, “ Adams said.

The 47 year-old leader of the OPC also put to rest speculations that he would dump the group following his new status, saying he would continue to oversee its activities.

“The OPC is my sweat. I will delegate some powers to some members to continue to run it while I oversee it.

“The OPC gave birth to the Oodua Progressive Union which I have established in 78 countries to cater for the interest of Yoruba people in Diaspora.

“I will continue to have a stake not only in the OPC, but in all groups in Yorubaland.

“I intend to use my position to unify and strengthen all factionalised pressure and cultural groups in Yoruba land,” he said.

Adams added that in spite of his elevation to a higher office, he would continue to render selfless service to all Nigerians based on fairness and justice.

The Aare Ona Kakanfo to be said that the title was not too big a shoe for him to fit into.

“I have managed millions of people in Yorubaland.

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