Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has said that the choice of Chief Gani Adams as
the Aare OnaKakanfo is divine, pledging his unalloyed support.
This statement was made on Tuesday while receiving Adams at the State House in Alausa, Ikeja.
The leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Gani Adams is to be installed as the
15th Aare OnaKakanfo of Yoruba land by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on January
Following his selection, Ambode articulated the belief of Lagos State in the candidature of
Adams and assured him of massive support and prayers.
“This visit is not ordinary; it is significant and it also shows that we are the embodiment of
Yoruba heritage. We support fully your ascension to the title of the Aare OnaKakanfo.
“This title is one of the most significant titles that bind the Yoruba culture and heritage together,”
Ambode added that, “We will make sure that everything that has to do with Yoruba culture; we
will protect it with all our heart. We believe that Lagos remains the bulwark of the future of the
Yoruba race and we will not let it down.”
He said Adams’ ascension showed that the economic and political cohesion of the Yoruba race
was in good hands.
Meanwhile, Adams had earlier said the visit was to pay homage to the governor and to also
introduce himself as the Aare OnaKakanfo designate, a title which he said had existed for 558
“You are more interested in the integration of the South-West and I must commend you for that,’’
Adams said that the statue of Awolowo relived the memories of the past and the legacies of the
He assured the governor that he would use his new title to unite the Yoruba race as well as
promote its culture and tourism