In from Ahmed Boulor . . .
Preparations are in top gear for the coronation ceremony of the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II which is scheduled to take place on December 7th.
According to a representative of the Ooni who spoke to newsmen, invitations have been sent to top dignitaries all over the world, adding that the Queen of England might be represented in the ceremony while President Muhammadu Buhari and other top personalities are also expected to be in attendance.
Also expected to grace the event is Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo ( SAN), governors from at least 27 states and ministers.
The first and last visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Nigeria dates back to 1956 when Nigeria was on the verge of gaining independence.
The over one-week event will climax next Monday with the presentation of staff of office by Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Addressing a pre-coronation briefing at the palace yesterday, the monarch’s elder brother, Prince Adegboyega, said: “There will be a coronation carnival round the town today. Tomorrow, there will be artistes’ coronation day. On Thursday, there will be traditional worshippers’ day. A Jumat service will hold on Friday. Also on that day, there will be a youth carnival and fashion parade.
“A football match between Ajiroba FC and Shooting Stars of Ibadan is scheduled for Saturday. On Sunday, there will be an interdenominational service at Enuwa Square and inauguration of Ife Resorts.
“The grand finale is on Monday with the presentation of staff of office. The programme will be rounded off on December 13 with a thanksgiving service at St. Saviour Anglican Church, Ayegbaju, Ile-Ife.”
The Chairman, Publicity Committee, Biyi Odunlade, said December 7 has been declared a public holiday in Ife to allow residents participate in the programme.
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