Ooni felicitates nonagarian Yoruba leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti at 97
By Clement Adeyi
The Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Babatunde Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has congratulated a statesman and leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, as he clocks 97 years.
This was disclosed in a statement by Otunba Moses Olafare, the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, on Thursday.
“As the Natural Head of the Oduduwa race globally, the Ooni pays tributes to a man whose unwavering commitment and visionary leadership have left an indelible mark on the political landscape of Nigeria, particularly in terms of ideology. Pa Fasoranti, a revered Yoruba leader, has dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice, equality and progress for our great nation,” the statement said.
“Throughout his distinguished career, Pa Fasoranti had been a beacon of hope, an astute of sacrifice particularly when he sacrificed the gubernatorial ticket of Ondo State, thereby distinguishing him as an epitome of selflessness,” Oba Ogunwusi said.
Pa Fasoranti had been a beacon of hope
The monarch added that Pa Fasoranti had fearlessly championed the cause of the Yoruba people and the larger Oodua race.
According to him, he had also tirelessly advocated for unity and oneness of Nigeria, adding: “Deep understanding of the complexities of the nation’s political fabric had guided his efforts in fostering a more inclusive society, one that embraces diversity and values the richness of our cultural heritage.”
Oba Ogunwusi further stressed that Pa Fasoranti’s most significant contributions lay in his unwavering commitment to ideological and community development.
He added that he had been a staunch advocate for a progressive and equitable Nigeria rooted in the principles of democracy, justice, and good governance.
His philanthropic endeavours have touched the lives of many
“His steadfast belief in the power of ideas and the need for a clear ideological framework has inspired countless individuals to engage in meaningful political discourse and work towards a better future for our country,” the Ooni said.
“Baba, your exemplary leadership has been instrumental in shaping the Yoruba political landscape,” he stressed.
While paying more glowing tributes to the nonagarian on his impacts, the Onni noted: “Through his guidance and mentorship, he has nurtured a new generation of leaders who share his passion for nation-building and the pursuit of a just society. His commitment to empowering the youth and fostering their political participation has paved the way for a more inclusive and dynamic political environment.
“Beyond his role as a political leader, Pa Fasoranti has consistently demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the wellbeing and progress of his people. His philanthropic endeavours have touched the lives of many, providing educational opportunities, healthcare facilities, and economic empowerment to those in need. His selflessness and dedication to the betterment of society will always serve as a shining example for all Nigerians.
“Today, as we celebrate Pa Fasoranti’s 97th birthday, let us reflect on the immense sacrifices and contributions he has made to our nation’s political landscape. Let us be inspired by his unwavering belief in the power of ideology, the importance of unity and the pursuit of justice.
May his legacy serve as a guiding light for future generations, reminding us of the transformative potential within each of us to shape a brighter and more prosperous Nigeria.
“Baba! Your wisdom, vision and tireless dedication to the ideals of justice and progress will forever be cherished and remembered. May you be blessed with good health, happiness and continued strength as you inspire us all to strive for a more united Oduduwa race and a better Nigeria.”