The 2019 edition of the Yam Festival held in Ile-Ife, Osun State, last weekend and the Ooni of Ife played host to farmers and herders at his palace.
The 2019 edition of the annual yam festival held last weekend in Ile-Ife, Osun State, with the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II and his wife, Olori Silekunola Ogunwusi (Yeyeluwa), playing host to natives of the town at his Ile Oodua Palace.
At the event, which was graced by Obalufe of Iremo-Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura, the Ooni, also Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), bemoaned the clashes between farmers and herders and the resulting economic hardship. He then urged the two groups to embrace peace as a tool to enhance productivity.
"Both farmers and herders are two critical stakeholders in food production, I want to advise them to use peace to boost productivity,” he stated.
“The government has been trying and has even promised to step up the fight against insecurity in the country. So I call on all stakeholders in food production especially the farmers to be patience with the government’s approach towards stabilizing peaceful coexistence across the country.”
While praying for economic progress and agricultural productivity which he symbolized by slicing a tuber of yam, a declaration that farm produce can now be consumed across Yorubaland, the Ooni further said:
“The abandoned ancient Oja-Ife market also spiritually known as Oja Ejigbom'ekun which is the first market in the world and others like the Itakogun and Ajifowobaje markets as well as Oja Tuntun have been revived to bring back the lost economic glories of Ile Ife.”