The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has cautioned members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) against taking the laws into their hands.
Ooni gave the advice when he received members of the OPC, led by its President, Prince Dele Osibote, in his palace on Thursday.
The traditional ruler urged the group to be law-abiding and not involve themselves in extrajudicial practices that could create more problems in South West.
He also advised the association to continue to be a great promoter of Yoruba tradition, ethics, and principles.
The monarch advised members of the association to unite and avoid acts that could result in factions.
“For the sake of the sweet memories of your late founder, Frederick Fasehun, I am appealing to all of you to have a rallying point so that you can be united.
“You can have several leaders all over, what I am appealing for is unity of purpose and common interest toward developing the Yoruba nation.
“If you know the meaning of the name ‘Oduduwa’, you would place it high above all forms of selfish interests.
“I urge you all to be conscious of your words and actions because the people out there are watching,’’ he said.
Earlier, Osibote, who said that the OPC “is made up of responsible persons’’, said he believed “in the one Nigeria’ project’’.
“I have told my followers and I will like to state it again unequivocally that I am only interested in the peace and development of the Yoruba race.
“I am not a politician and would never be involved in politics.
“We have come to greet our baba (the Ooni) to receive his blessings and also assure him that we will continue to support him,’’ Osibote said.