The gaming magnate and billionaire businessman said the importance of the exalted Odole Oodua title is beyond taking another chieftaincy title in order of things in Yoruba land.
Penpushing further reports that, Adebutu said he was prepared for his new traditional title, saying the importance of it transcends other chieftaincy tittles, adding, “without mincing words, I know the importance of the new title. And for your information, many kings know I won’t take any other chieftaincy title after my coronation as Odole Oodua. They also know the importance of it.”
The business mogul, who will clock 84 on October 24, said the revered title would strengthen his crusade for a united Yoruba race, adding that he has a cordial relationship with Yoruba monarchs, assuring that performing in his new role will be a walk in the park.
“Without sounding arrogant, I humble to say that a lot of the Kabiyesis are my friends. If you notice any of my occasions, all the Kabiyesis are always present. And before I was announced as the recipient of this sacred position which had only been occupied by Oranmiyan, Awolowo and GOK Ajayi, I have been taking steps to ensure there is unity among the Yoruba monarchs not even knowing I was being watched.
“For Instance, when the issue of our son happened, our son the (Vice President Yemi Osibanjo), I have to call the Ooni of Ife, Alake, Akarigbo among others and they all swung to actions in their different capacities’.
“If you notice, in Lagos, I am the Asoju Oba and mind you, I am not a Lagosian. So, that is to explain to you that if there is no good rapport between me and the Oba of Lagos, I can’t be conferred the title of Asoju Oba in Lagos. So, all these are signs that I have good rapport with the Yoruba monarchs.” Adebutu said.
The incoming Yoruba High Chief,on the panacea for Nigeria’s development, recommended that politics should be made a part-time business, adding, “until politics is made part-time business, I don’t see how we can have peace in Nigeria. When I say part time business, I mean a situation where politicians will only be paid on sitting basis in form of sitting allowance’.
“When politicians earn just their sitting allowance there will be no presence of do-or-die politics in Nigeria. Presently, politics in Nigeria is too expensive. I’m speaking from experience and what I can see. The best thing for Nigeria is to adopt part-time politicians who are paid an allowance for sitting. With the present system, the drain from our purse is too much’.
“I just read in the newspaper that a Governor sacked 250 advisers. If a governor have that much, how many advisers do we have for the whole country. How can a governor have 250 advisers? So, you can see the present system is too expensive.”
Penpushing recalled that, a statement by the House of Oduduwa under the leadership of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, earlier announced that the prestigious chieftaincy title of Odole Oodua will be conferred on Adebutu a.k.a. Dodondawa or Baba Ijebu on October 19 at the Ile-Oodua, the Ooni’s palace, Ile-Ife.
The statement explained that,this will be the first of such conferments by Oba Ogunwusi since his ascension of the throne as the 51st Ooni in the third dynasty of Ife about four years ago.
The Odole is a special office which works closely with the Ooni in rallying the descendants of Oduduwa wherever they are in the world for unity, peace and progress of the race. The Odole Oodua, a position once occupied by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and subsequently by Chief G.O.K Ajayi is a highly revered chieftaincy in Yorubaland pioneered by the great Oranmiyan while he was still a prince of Ife.