I Have Never Collected A Dime From Any Govt – Gani Adams

Otunba Gani Adams, leader of the Odua People's Congress

The 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has declared that he has never collected any money from the government or leader.

Gani Adams disclosed this in an interview with the Punch newspaper.

Since I became the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, I have never collected a dime from any government or leader. I run the office with my little resources. You know that the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland doesn’t collect salary. But he lives on contracts and patronage from the government and corporate organisations.

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“We know about the history of the13th Aare Ona Kakanfo, Samuel Ladoke Akintola. We know about the late Chief MKO Abiola. As the 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo, he was rich but also a contractor. He handled contracts on telecommunications. It would be two years on January 13, 2020, that I was installed as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo.

“As I said, I have never collected money from either the Federal Government or governors. But I am not complaining. The spirit of the position will empower me at the right time. There is no Aare Ona Kakanfo that will not be rich in the future. But I was not poor before I became the Aare Ona Kakanfo. I was comfortable at my own level. But notwithstanding, the challenge behind the office is resources.

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“I should be able to solve some problems. Every month, I receive about 40 cultural invitations for the celebration of days in some communities across states. Days such as Osogbo Oroki Day, Ode-Omu Day etc. For social engagements like weddings, I receive about 30 every month. We had to create a manifest for the programme so that some of my chiefs-in-council can be at the ones I am unable to attend. And for my security details to plan their programmes whenever we are to go out.

“My charity cause is still there as people visit my residence to see me. But I have ensured that people should be allowed in for such purposes only on appointment.

“There are also cultural programmes in the Diaspora which I attend. In Nigeria, we have cultural promotion through which we hold 18 festivals in a year. Even some communities in Yorubaland who hitherto don’t promote their cultures are now doing so. They need the support of the Aare Ona Kakanfo.

“On the issue of security challenges in Yorubaland, some people demanded to know what I was doing about the situation. Some of them have forgotten that the Aare Ona Kakanfo we have now is not more powerful than the olden days Aare Ona Kakanfo. The old Aare of the Oyo Empire was during the time of (Obadoke) LCatoosa The modern Aare started during the time of Akintola, MKO and myself.