In a statement issued in Ibadan Thursday, by the Director of Media, Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare, he applauded President Mohammadu Buhari for recognizing the Ooni’s efforts to promote unity among Nigerians.
Olafare disclosed that the Ooni was chosen 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. This was stated in the appointment letter signed by the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, on behalf of the president.
The statement read in part:
”Ile Oodua is thankful to the people’s president, Mohammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the appointment of Ooni, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, as the chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN.
“This appointment would develop further and enable the monarch to build more bridges of friendship most especially across the Niger.
“His appointment as chancellor, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka is considered as a positive sign that can further enhance peaceful coexistence of our dear nation.”
He noted that Ogunwusi was ready to bring to bear his influence and connections to promote unity and harmonious working relationships in the university.
Olafare admonished Nigerians to promote issues that could foster unity to ensure speedy development rather than playing up their differences.
”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,” he said.
The monarch would officially assume office on the 20th of February, 2016.