Oduduwa Was Never an Igbo Prince – Oluwo Debunks Ohaneze’s Claim
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has said the founding father of Yoruba, Oduduwa was not an Igbo prince as claimed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The royal fathers made the comment in reaction to the counter claim by Ohaneze Ndigbo, following the statement by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, that the Igbo community originated from Ile-Ife.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement, in reaction to the claim by the Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, that Igbo people originated from Ile-Ife, had claimed that Odudunwa (last-born), later called Oduduwa was an Igbo prince who occupied Ile-Ife but the Yoruba regarded him as a god because he was very powerful and had magical powers.
“The Yorubas learnt and spoke Igbo language then, and that is the reason for the similarity between Igbo and Yoruba language.”
But in a statement by the Oluwo’s press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, reads, “The Yoruba nation was founded by Oduduwa. He brought the first civilisation, which is the crown. Oduduwa demontrated an unequalled leadership. He was shrewd, peculiar, unparalleled, unmatched, quintessential and different. He served his people and became a rallying point for his services to humanity. He gave us the best tradition, so respectful and obedient. The Yoruba culture is rich, very beautiful and unblemished. It emanated from Oduduwa.”
The monarch added, “History is rich, necessary and must always be objective, because it is a foundation for the future. Worldwide, Yorubaland is the source of every natural crown. Our crowns are divinely ordained and sacred. It was brought by Oduduwa. And we owe him a duty to defend everything about him”
Akanbi vowed to continually protect the rich heritage of the Yoruba race, even as he urged Nigerians to focus on unity-based history and not discrediting one that may tear us apart.