Aregbesola Unveils Ori Olokun In Ile Ife; Says Identity Is An Hallmark For Democracy.
Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has identified diversity and individual identities as formidable hallmark of democracy and unity.
He made this observation on Saturday in Ile-Ife during the unveiling of historical Ife Bronze Head known as Ori-Olokun (Head of the Sea God) and the new logo of Ife Central Local Government Council.
According to him, in a diverse society, every group has its own identity, which, he said, does not necessarily negate the larger national identity.
The governor opined that diversity in identities and differences greatly enhances and promotes democratic ideals.
He said: “Indeed, such diverse identities and differences underscore the plural essence of modern democracies and help to promote the democratic spirit. It is meant to preserve diversity even as it maintains unity.
“This is so because diversity recognises the need to rally different views behind a policy through discussion, negotiation and compromise, which is what democracy, is all about.
The governor said the Ori-Olokun reminds the Yoruba people of its greatness and a glory they aspire to.
He described the huge art as both a vindication and a challenge for the people to transcend the present underdevelopment, regain great, past civilisation and leverage it to create a new future of scientific and technological excellence.
The governor commended the Ife Central Local Government for investing in the laudable project, along with the renewal of Ori-Olokun Roundabout and the creation of a new logo.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary of Ife Central Local Government, Dr. Taiwo Olaiya described the Ori-Olokun as one of the lofty technological breakthrough native to Africa.
He said the modest attempt to bring back to life, the great art, will contribute meaningfully to noble steps being taking by Aregbesola’s government.