The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, will be buried on Saturday (today), the ‘Oyo Mesi’ has announced.
Yusuf Ayoola, the Head of Oyo Mesi and Prime Minister of the Oyo Kingdom, made the announcement while briefing reporters at the monarch’s palace.
“We have called the Imam. Baba (Alaafin) will be buried today around 4pm,” he said.
Meanwhile, the necessary traditional rites of passage, which usually precede the burial of a traditional ruler, had been conducted, the Channels Television crew at the palace reported.
Alaafin Adeyemi, popularly known as ‘Iku Baba Yeye,’ died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
He was 83 years as of the time of his death on Friday night.
Alaafin Adeyemi, who served as the permanent chairperson of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, was reportedly sick and was scheduled to be flown abroad for treatment before he joined his ancestors.
He was the third to ascend the throne from the Alowolodu Ruling House and ruled for 52 years – making him the longest-reigning traditional ruler in Oyo town.
The monarch was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938, and succeeded Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, as the new Alaafin on November 18, 1970.
He died months after the death of two other top traditional rulers in the state – the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.
While Oba Olalekan Balogun has been crowned as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan land, the people of Ogbomoso have yet to get a new traditional ruler.