The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has called for national peace, unity and tranquility which he said are the pillars to strengthen Nigeria’s quest for socio-economic development in 2018.
The Ooni of Ife who is the Spiritual leader of the Yoruba race said this in Ile-Ife on Saturday at the Grand-finale of the interdenominatonal New Year Prayer Programme organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ife Chapter.
He acknowledged the goodness of God for the gift of life and the opportunity to witness the day.
The Co-chairman of National Traditional Rulers Council Of Nigeria also urged Christians to let their thanksgivings always supersede their requests from God.
“God is the Almighty King of Kings that spares our lives throughout 2017 till date despite all challenges facing each and every one of us. “There is nothing we can offer Him than to give Him all our praises throughout the days of our lives.
“Only God is worthy of our praises for we are still alive to see the new year, who can questioned God, if we all have been buried in the year 2017?”. Ooni said.
The African foremost monarch called on Christians to always pray for peaceful coexistence before, during and after the forthcoming elections across the state and the entire country, saying they must support Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun and his cabinet in their efforts to make the state a better place for businesses to thrive and for peace to reign.
He ended his speech at the inter-denominational event by counselling the youths to always shun violence and to work assiduously for a brighter future of the country.