‘His Death Is A Personal Loss To Me’: Olubadan Mourns Alaafin

Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, aged 83, died on April 22, 2022.

 

The death of Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III has been described as the end of a remarkable and glorious era by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Sen. Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by the monarch and made available to the media on Saturday following the announcement of the death of the great monarch in the early hours of Friday.

Oba Balogun, who expressed shock at the news of the death of the Oyo monarch recalled that the last time the two met was at his (Balogun) coronation/installation last month in Ibadan.

READ ALSO: Alaafin Of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi Laid To Rest

Olubadan described the late Alaafin as a royal father per excellence, who projected Yoruba culture and civilization with awe and dignity, noting that with his exit, Yoruba has lost a rare gem.

“A highly scholarly, pragmatic and dynamic monarch with undiluted love for his race and people, Alaafin would be sorely missed by humanity for his contributions which would continue to speak for him eternally.

“Together with the late Alaafin, we have been friends for a very long time. So, his death is a personal loss to me and very painful too that he won’t be around now that I have become Olubadan to share from his rich experience.

“Death is an inevitable end of mankind and it will come at Allah’s appointed time for every individual. We take solace in the good works the Almighty Allah used the late Alaafin to do for humanity and the good name being left behind.

“I commiserate with the government and people of Oyo State, the Oyoland and the immediate and extended families of our highly reverred Alaafin with supplication to the Almighty Allah to accept him to His kingdom and grant all the fortitude to bear the loss”, Olubadan added.

UPDATED: Alaafin Of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi Laid To Rest

A file photo of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

 

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has been buried in the ancient town of Oyo in south-west Nigeria.

His remains were laid to rest on Saturday within the premises of the palace, barely a day after he was certified dead in a hospital in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Alaafin, popularly known as ‘Iku Baba Yeye, was 83 years as of the time his death was announced.

Following the announcement of his demise, Islamic rites were conducted on the body of late Alaafin, signalling the beginning of his final journey home.

Islamic clerics led by the Chief Imam of Oyo town were joined by members of the family of the late traditional ruler and some of his chiefs to offer prayers for the repose of his soul.

After the prayers, his body was taken back to the palace where the final burial was held.

An Oyo prince and a close relative of the Alaafin, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, confirmed the burial of the monarch to Channels Television.

 

52-Year Reign

The news of the death of the top Yoruba traditional ruler broke on Saturday morning hours after he died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti.

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 on Friday.

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.

Alaafin was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938, and succeeded Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, as the new Alaafin on November 18, 1970.

Following his demise, the Bashorun of Oyo and Head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, Yusuf Akinade, is expected to lead Oyo town before a new Alaafin would be installed.

The monarch 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.

 

The empty stool of the Alaafin of Oyo following the death of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III on April 22, 2022.

 

A Golden King

Reacting to the death of the traditional ruler, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State declared that the incident was a huge loss to the state, Nigeria, and the Yoruba race.

He described Oba Adeyemi’s death as a personal loss to him, adding that he was an ever-supportive royal father and a worthy leader who spared nothing in trying to make Oyo State and Nigeria greater.

The governor, who said Alaafin’s words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful, condoled with the Oyo State Traditional Council, the Oyomesi, Oba Adeyemi’s immediate family, the people of Oyo Kingdom, and the entire Yoruba race and prayed to God to grant repose to the soul of the departed monarch.

He stated that apart from Oyo State losing its last man standing in the rank of experienced monarchs with long years of royal leadership, it has also lost a royal institution and an authority, which Alaafin had become by virtue of his high-octane understanding of Yoruba history, politics, and national development.

“Oba Adeyemi was our last man standing in the rank of most eminent royal fathers with long years of leadership,” the governor said. “He became a golden king, an institution and an authority rolled into one by virtue of his immense experience, wisdom and understanding of Yoruba history, royalty, and politics.

“Oba Adeyemi not only elevated the Alaafin throne with his knowledge and wisdom, but he also became a worthy exemplar for royal leadership in Africa and brought glory to Oyo State and Nigeria.

“Kabiyesi never spared anything in his strive to make Oyo State greater and to bring about the Nigeria of everyone’s collective dream.”

Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, aged 83, died on April 22, 2022.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is also among prominent leaders who have paid tribute to the late Alaafin whom he said was a symbol of Nigeria’s epic struggle for self-discovery and self-actualisation.

Obasanjo, in a letter, condoled with Governor Makinde, the family of Oba Adeyemi, and the entire people of Oyo on the transition.

He stated that the late highly revered monarch was a patriotic and respected traditional ruler who had immeasurable love for his people and great faith in a united Nigeria.

“He (Alaafin) stood out as a voice of forthrightness in national affairs, and he was as well a fervent promoter of mutual tolerance and understanding, not only among the diverse people who live in his domain but also across the country,” the elder statesman was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

According to him, it was during Oba Adeyemi’s reign that Oyo town got transformed into the modern city that it has become and his contribution to nation-building was also acknowledged in the conferment of the esteemed national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, on him and other honorary degrees that he received from Nigerian and outside educational institutions.

Tributes Pour In For ‘Golden King’ Alaafin Of Oyo

 

An avalanche of condolences and accolades were recorded on Saturday in the wake of the passing away of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

News of the top Yoruba traditional ruler’s demise broke on Saturday morning hours after he died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti.

He was 83 years old.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement, said the Alaafin’s reign had “covered major historic transitions in the country, and witnessed transformations in his domain.”

READ ALSO: Alaafin Of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi Laid To Rest

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the late Alaafin was a symbol of Nigeria’s epic struggle for self-discovery and self-actualisation.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, described the royal father as “our last man standing in the rank of most eminent royal fathers with long years of leadership” and “a golden king”.

Emphasis on education

In a statement signed by his spokesperson Femi Adesina, President Buhari said the Alaafin’s reign was significant in many ways.

“Most significant was the emphasis he placed on human development, thereby encouraging learning as a culture and formal education as a necessity while promoting values of peace and stability,” the statement said.

“As a highly revered traditional ruler, President Buhari notes the late monarch’s numerous participations in national meetings and conferences to shape the future of the country, and the living words of wisdom he shared at every opportunity on unity and people-focused governance.

“The President shares the grief with the Oyo State Traditional Council, Oba Lamidi’s family, friends, and associates, particularly in sports where he left another footprint.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive his soul.”

‘A great loss’

Governor Makinde spoke via a statement signed by his spokesperson, Taiwo Adisa.

“I have been informed about the death of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Iku Baba Yeye, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III,” the Governor said.

“I express heartfelt condolences to the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, which Oba Adeyemi chaired for decades, the Oyomesi and the entire people of Oyo Kingdom.

“I equally commiserate with the Oloris, children and entire Adeyemi family on the demise of their patriarch and worthy father.

“Kabiyesi’s departure is a huge loss not only to Oyo State, to which he committed 52 years of his life as the Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom, but also to Nigeria and the entire Yoruba race.

“Oba Adeyemi was our last man standing in the rank of most eminent royal fathers with long years of leadership.

“He became a golden king, an institution and an authority rolled into one by virtue of his immense experience, wisdom and understanding of Yoruba history, royalty and politics.

“Oba Adeyemi not only elevated the Alaafin throne with his knowledge and wisdom, he became a worthy exemplar for royal leadership in Africa and brought glory to Oyo State and Nigeria. Kabiyesi never spared anything in his strive to make Oyo State greater and to bring about the Nigeria of everyone’s collective dream.

“Personally, Kabiyesi’s death is a great loss to me, because he proved to be a worthy father and had been ever so supportive of our government.

“His words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful.

“It is my prayer that God accepts Kabiyesi’s soul into Aljanah Firdaus and uphold everyone and everything he left behind.

“Good night, Iku Baba Yeye!”

‘Like a dream’

In a condolence letter to Governor Makinde, former President Obasanjo described the highly revered monarch as patriotic and one who had immeasurable love for his people and great faith in a united Nigeria.

“He stood out as a voice of forthrightness in national affairs and he was as well a fervent promoter of mutual tolerance and understanding not only among the diverse people who live in his domain but also across the country,” Obasanjo said.

“It is well acknowledged that it was during his reign that Oyo Town got transformed to the modern city that it has become today and not surprisingly, his contribution to nation-building was also acknowledged in the conferment of the esteemed national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, on him and other honorary degrees that he received from some Nigerian and outside educational institutions.

“Like most great leaders, Alaafin was all things to all people. To his family, he was a tower of strength and a committed provider; to his community of Oyo land, he was an early model in national leadership; to his Yoruba kinsmen, he was a worthy Ambassador; and to the rest of Nigeria, he was a symbol of a nation’s epic struggle in self-discovery and self-actualisation.

“Although Oba Adeyemi’s passage is like a dream, especially as he left us at a crucial state in our nation’s history when his wise counsel and rich experience are greatly needed, I would urge you and all the members of his immediate and extended family to take solace in the worthy legacy and his mark on the history of this country he left behind. In fact, we ought to give gratitude to God for his worthy life.

“May God grant his family, the good people of Oyo land and the entire Oyo State the grace to bear the heavy loss of his death. May the soul of the dear departed rest in perfect peace.”

‘Man of peace’

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila said the Alaafin’s touched him personally.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said the news “came to him as a rude shock, describing the late Alaafin, who had been like a father to him, as a very intelligent father with a sound grasp of traditional, social, political and international history.

“According to him, Oba Adeyemi was a man of peace whose five decades of quality leadership to his people endeared him to the masses.

“Speaker Gbajabiamila, who was recently appointed the Aare Baasofin of Yoruba Land by the late Alaafin, said the death of the traditional ruler has created a void too difficult to fill.

“He said the Alaafin would be sorely missed by him and all Nigerians, especially the Yoruba people, as he served as a father figure to all, giving wise counsel when needed. He has supported the political career of many Nigerian leaders especially in the quest of Gbajabiamila’s journey to the Speakership of the country.

“While praying for Allah (SWT) to find a peaceful resting place for the Alaafin, Gbajabiamila sent his condolences to the people and Government of Oyo State, especially the Royal Family and the entire Yoruba race.”

‘A trying moment’

A coalition of North-Central Governors have also paid tributes to the late Alaafin.

Leader of the coalition, Governor Abubabar Bello of Niger State, described the death as sorrowful considering his immense contributions to not only the Yoruba land, but the nation in general.

He observed that the late monarch, who ruled for 52 years, left a vacuum which will take God to fill up.

The NCGF Chairman however said death is an end to all mortals and a transition to the life hereafter, urging the government of Oyo and the entire people of Yoruba land to see the death of the monarch as an act of God and be comforted by the fact that he lived an accomplished and exemplary life.

“I see this as sorrowful and a trying moment for the people of Oyo State in particular and Yoruba race at large,” the Governor said. They lost two traditional rulers not really up to five months and now a top monarch.

“However, we cannot question God but to rather accept it as a necessary end to all the living. The only thing we can do now is to continue to pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased and for God to comfort and preserve all that he left behind.

“I sincerely sympathize with my colleague, Seyi Makinde and the entire people of the state and my prayers are with them.”

Respected royal father

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, described the late Oyo monarch as a brave and courageous king who did everything possible to preserve the culture and tradition of his people.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Nathaniel Ikyur, he noted that Oba Adeyemi’s reign witnessed peace and unity of the kingdom, which created the enabling environment for growth and development, not just in Oyo State but also in Nigeria.

Ortom lamented that the late monarch departed at a time when his wisdom and wealth of experience was needed to navigate through the the murky waters of politics and the national insecurity threatening the corporate exitence of our dear country, Nigeria.

“Oba Adeyemi was a respected royal father who was conscious about the peace and unity of his kingdom and the nation. We shall miss his tutelage and wise counsel”, the governor said.

He however admonished the people of Oyo state to take solace in the fact that the late monarch lived an eventful and accomplished life worthy of emulation.

The Governor asked the governor of the state to immortalize the Oba in recognition of his sacrifices and contributions to the development of the society.

Dedicated to service

On his part, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said it was with a deep sense of shock and sadness that he learnt of the passing of His Royal Majesty, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

“I wish to convey, on behalf of the Government and the people of Rivers State, my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the Royal family, Government and people of Oyo State on this sad loss,” Wike said in a statement signed by his spokesperson Kelvin Ebiri.

He said late Oba Lamidi Adeyemi will always be remembered for the invaluable role he played in helping build bridges and encouraging peace in the country.

“May his family, Government and good people of Oyo State find comfort and renewed strength to bear this great loss. The Oba was a man who dedicated his life to the service of his people and country. The late Alaafin’s family and people of Oyo State are in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.

‘A big iroko’

APC Chieftain Bola Ahmed Tinubu said he was deeply saddened by the news.

“After ascending to the royal throne at the age of 31, Alaafin became one of the most influential, greatly respected traditional rulers in Yorubaland, Nigeria and indeed Africa and beyond,” Tinubu said in a statement.

“Alaafin fostered harmony and brought prosperity and development to the ancient Oyo Kingdom. He was loved by his people.

“Wisely ruling on the throne for 52 years, he became the longest reigning Alaafin that ever ruled Oyo Kingdom. With his transition, a big Iroko has fallen. His passing was an auspicious era in the ancient Oyo Kingdom, but also for the Yoruba and the entirety of the black race.

“An elder-statesman and patriot, Alaafin Adeyemi was bold and courageous. He spoke truth to power. His interventions in national affairs helped the nation navigate difficult moments and helped usher a more just society.

“He played vital roles in the struggle for democracy, working assiduously towards the establishment of our democracy.

“In recognition of his important contributions to peace, religious harmony and stability in Nigeria, the nation gifted him the high honour of Commander of the Federal Republic.

“Alaafin was also a strong pillar of the arts, culture and tradition. Kabiyesi took upon himself the task of promoting Nigerian arts and culture for which he received many ambassadorial awards in Nigeria and beyond.

“I had an abiding personal relationship with Alaafin whom I deeply respected. Mentor, leader and father figure, I visited Kabiyesi in February his palace in Oyo to seek his prayers and blessings which he graciously gave, little did I know it was the last time we would see each other face to face.

“I commiserate with his wonderful and loving family, particularly his wives and children. I commiserate with the Oyomesi, the chiefs and the people of Oyo kingdom. My condolences also to Governor Seyi Makinde and the people of Oyo State, and indeed the entire nation over the demise of this eminent traditional ruler. The black race has lost a titan who will be sorely missed.

“I pray that his family, Oyo Kingdom, the Yoruba race and indeed all Nigerians find consolation and strength in that we must now dedicate ourselves to live up to the ideals for which Alaafin stood.

“May the soul of Alaafin Adeyemi rest in perfect peace.”

Huge vacuum

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun described the monarch’s death as a tragic and occurred when least expected.

“I commiserate with the Oyomesi, the wives and children of the late monarch and the entire Adeyemi family over this irreplaceable loss. I pray for their comfort and peace at the trying times,” the Governor said in a statement by his spokesperson, Kunle Somorin.

“It is unfortunate that Kabiyesi had to take his leave of us, at this period, when we need his wisdom the most, as we approach the 2023 general elections, a critical period in our political landmarks.”

Governor Abiodun noted that Alaafin’s death will create a huge vacuum in the entire Yorubaland, while his sagacious and royal counsel will be sorely missed

He further described the late monarch as a quintessential traditional ruler, custodian and exemplar of Yoruba culture and tradition, said that posterity and history will remember Oba Adeyemi’s service and dedication to the Yorubaland, and immense contributions to ensure peace and unity in the country.

Oba Adeyemi, A Symbol Of Nigeria’s Epic Struggle – Obasanjo

Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, aged 83, died on April 22, 2022.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has mourned the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who he described as a symbol of Nigeria’s epic struggle for self-discovery and self-actualisation.

He paid tributes to the late traditional ruler on Saturday in his letter of condolence to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Obasanjo, who is presently in Ethiopia, condoled with the governor, the family of Oba Adeyemi, and the entire people of Oyo on the transition.

He stated that the late highly revered monarch was a patriotic and respected traditional ruler who had immeasurable love for his people and great faith in a united Nigeria.

READ ALSO: Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Is Dead

“He (Alaafin) stood out as a voice of forthrightness in national affairs, and he was as well a fervent promoter of mutual tolerance and understanding, not only among the diverse people who live in his domain but also across the country,” the elder statesman was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

According to him, it was during Oba Adeyemi’s reign that Oyo town got transformed into the modern city that it has become and his contribution to nation-building was also acknowledged in the conferment of the esteemed national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, on him and other honorary degrees that he received from Nigerian and outside educational institutions.

Read the letter to Governor Makinde below:

April 23, 2022

His Excellency,

Engr. Seyi Makinde,

Governor of Oyo State,

Government House,

Ibadan.

LETTER OF CONDOLENCE

On behalf of my family and on my own behalf, I write to convey our heartfelt condolences to you, to the good people of Oyo State and to the entire family of the late Alaafin, on the transition of His Royal Highness Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, CFR, Alaafin of Oyo, at the age of 83.

I note, with delight, Oba Adeyemi’s immense contributions to peace, community development and growth and national development, especially since his ascension to the revered throne of Alaafin of Oyo, nearly 52 years ago. As a patriotic and highly respected traditional ruler who had immeasurable love for his people and great faith in a united Nigeria, he stood out as a voice of forthrightness in national affairs, and he was as well a fervent promoter of mutual tolerance and understanding not only among the diverse people who live in his domain but also across the country.

It is well acknowledged that it was during his reign that Oyo Town got transformed to the modern city that it has become today and not surprisingly, his contribution to nation-building was also acknowledged in the conferment of the esteemed national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, on him and other honorary degrees that he received from some Nigerian and outside educational institutions.

Like most great leaders, Alaafin was all things to all people. To his family, he was a tower of strength and a committed provider; to his community of Oyo land, he was an early model in national leadership; to his Yoruba kinsmen, he was a worthy Ambassador; and to the rest of Nigeria, he was a symbol of a nation’s epic struggle in self-discovery and self-actualisation.

Although Oba Adeyemi’s passage is like a dream, especially as he left us at a crucial state in our nation’s history when his wise counsel and rich experience are greatly needed, I would urge you and all the members of his immediate and extended family to take solace in the worthy legacy and his mark on the history of this country he left behind.  In fact, we ought to give gratitude to God for his worthy life.

May God grant his family, the good people of Oyo land and the entire Oyo State the grace to bear the heavy loss of his death. May the soul of the dear departed rest in perfect peace.

Alaafin’s Death: ‘Good Night, Iku Baba Yeye,’ Makinde Sympathises With Oyo People

Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, aged 83, died on April 22, 2022.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has confirmed the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.

In a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, the governor declared that the death of the traditional ruler was a huge loss to the state, Nigeria, and the Yoruba race.

He described Oba Adeyemi’s death as a personal loss to him, adding that he was an ever-supportive royal father and a worthy leader who spared nothing in trying to make Oyo State and Nigeria greater.

“I have been informed about the death of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Iku Baba Yeye, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III,” Makinde said.

READ ALSO: Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Is Dead

The governor, who said Alaafin’s words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful, condoled with the Oyo State Traditional Council, the Oyomesi, Oba Adeyemi’s immediate family, the people of Oyo Kingdom, and the entire Yoruba race and prayed to God to grant repose to the soul of the departed monarch.

He stated that apart from Oyo State losing its last man standing in the rank of experienced monarchs with long years of royal leadership, it has also lost a royal institution and an authority, which Alaafin had become by virtue of his high-octane understanding of Yoruba history, politics, and national development.

 

“I express heartfelt condolences to the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, which Oba Adeyemi chaired for decades, the Oyomesi and the entire people of Oyo Kingdom,” the governor continued.

“I equally commiserate with the Oloris, children and entire Adeyemi family on the demise of their patriarch and worthy father. Kabiyesi’s departure is a huge loss not only to Oyo State, to which he committed 52 years of his life as the Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom, but also to Nigeria and the entire Yoruba race.

“Oba Adeyemi was our last man standing in the rank of most eminent royal fathers with long years of leadership. He became a golden king, an institution and an authority rolled into one by virtue of his immense experience, wisdom and understanding of Yoruba history, royalty, and politics.

“Oba Adeyemi not only elevated the Alaafin throne with his knowledge and wisdom, but he also became a worthy exemplar for royal leadership in Africa and brought glory to Oyo State and Nigeria. Kabiyesi never spared anything in his strive to make Oyo State greater and to bring about the Nigeria of everyone’s collective dream.

“Personally, Kabiyesi’s death is a great loss to me, because he proved to be a worthy father and had been ever so supportive of our government. His words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful.

“It is my prayer that God accepts Kabiyesi’s soul into Aljanah Firdaus and upholds everyone and everything he left behind. Good night, Iku Baba Yeye!”

The empty stool of the Alaafin of Oyo following the death of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III on April 22, 2022.

 

52-Year Reign

The news of the death of the top Yoruba traditional ruler broke on Saturday morning hours after he died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

He was 83 years as of the time his death was reported.

According to reports, the body of the Alaafin was brought to Oyo town and received by his children at Idi-Igba in Oyo town while traditional rites began thereafter.

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 on Friday.

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.

Alaafin Adeyemi, the third to ascend the throne from the Alowolodu Ruling House, ruled for 52 years – making him the longest-reigning traditional ruler in Oyo town.

He was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938, and succeeded Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, as the new Alaafin on November 18, 1970.

Following his demise, the Bashorun of Oyo and Head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, Yusuf Akinade, is expected to lead Oyo town before a new Alaafin would be installed.

Buhari Mourns ‘Remarkable’ Alaafin Of Oyo

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III
A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday mourned the passing of the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.

The royal father transitioned at the age of 83.

In a statement signed by spokesperson Femi Adesina, the President said the Alaafin’s reign had “covered major historic transitions in the country, and witnessed transformations in his domain.”

READ ALSO: Oba Adeyemi, A Symbol Of Nigeria’s Epic Struggle – Obasanjo

“The President affirms that the Alaafin of Oyo’s 52 years rule was remarkable in many ways, most significant was the emphasis he placed on human development, thereby encouraging learning as a culture and formal education as a necessity while promoting values of peace and stability,” the statement added.

“As a highly revered traditional ruler, President Buhari notes the late monarch’s numerous participations in national meetings and conferences to shape the future of the country, and the living words of wisdom he shared at every opportunity on unity and people-focused governance.

“The President shares the grief with the Oyo State Traditional Council, Oba Lamidi’s family, friends, and associates, particularly in sports where he left another footprint.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive his soul.”

Alaafin Of Oyo To Be Buried Today – Oyo Mesi

A file photo of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III,.

 

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.

Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Is Dead

Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, aged 83, died on April 22, 2022.

 

Top Yoruba traditional ruler, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, is dead.

Although no official announcement has been made, sources within the palace confirmed the death of the monarch, popularly known as ‘Iku Baba Yeye’.

He was said to have died on Friday night at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

According to reports, the body of the top Yoruba monarch was brought to Oyo town in the early hours of Saturday. His children received his remains at Idi-Igba in Oyo town while traditional rites began thereafter.

He was 83 years as of the time his death was reported.

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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 on Friday.

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.

The Bashorun of Oyo and Head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, Yusuf Akinade, is expected to lead Oyo town before a new Alaafin would be installed.

He is also expected to brief Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on the death of the monarch, while the governor is expected to make an official announcement thereafter.

Alaafin Adeyemi, the third to ascend the throne from the Alowolodu Ruling House, ruled for 52 years – making him the longest-reigning traditional ruler in Oyo town.

He was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938, and succeeded Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, as the new Alaafin on November 18, 1970.

Alaafin At 80: Osinbajo Asks Monarchs To Remain Credible

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has challenged traditional rulers in the country to remain credible, stating that their wisdom and leadership are critical to the sustenance of a truly democratic society.

Professor Osinbajo gave the charge at a book launch which took place on Saturday, at the International Conference Centre, in the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, to mark the 80th birthday of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi (III).

He stated that the monarch’s 47-year reign has brought peace and unprecedented development to the entire Yoruba land, adding that he has served the entire Yoruba race with complete faithfulness and sacrifice.

“The Alaafin of Oyo had in the past 47 years on the throne by words, deeds and personal sacrifice demonstrated true leadership. He has time and time again stood on the side of truth.”

“He has really served the Yoruba race. You may not always agree with him, but you are never in doubt of his sincerity of purpose and capacity to act consistently on the side of his conviction,” Osinbajo said.

In the same vein, former President Goodluck Jonathan said the monarch was a father and quintessential leader, whose contribution to national development was impressive.

Jonathan, who was represented by Engineer Seyi Makinde, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate in the state, urged the monarch not to relent in the promotion of the Yoruba culture and tradition.

The host of the event, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi in his remarks, said that the monarch’s wisdom and persuasive skills contributed immensely to the achievements of his administration.

Ajimobi said that the monarch had in the last seven and a half years of his administration also helped in enthroning peace and stability to the state.

Similarly, the Governor of Kano State, Umar Ganduje thanked God for Alaafin’s life, saying the monarch has contributed meaningfully to national integration.

Also eulogising the Alaafin, Chairman of the event who doubles as the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said he has contributed a lot to the promotion and sustenance of the Yoruba culture as well as tradition.

Tinubu, who was represented by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa, charged the monarch to bring together all royal fathers in Yoruba land in the interest of the region.

ANTP Crisis: Baba Wande Sues For Peace Among Stakeholders

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Veteran Yoruba movie actor, Mr Kareem Adepoju, has called for peace among members of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), after a court judgement on the crisis rocking the national body of the association.

Adepoju, who is popularly known as Baba Wande, said the judgement of the High Court sitting in Ejigbo, Osun State on March 28, 2017 that Mr Victor Asaolu should remain in office as the President of ANTP till February 2018, was not a solution to the crisis bedevilling the association.

He called on all stakeholders including the governors and royal fathers in Nigeria’s South-West region to intervene in the matter and save the ANTP, lauding the efforts of the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, in resolving the crisis.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television at his residence in Osogbo, Baba Wande appealed to all Yoruba film actors and actresses to come together and speak in one voice to develop the industry.

“Some of us feel that the tenure of the President of ANTP, Mr Victor Ashaolu has expired, but the man insisted that he has not finished his tenure and he took the matter to court instead of leaving the office.

“The man has been in the office as the ANTP President since 2010, whereas he was supposed to spend four years. The matter was brought to a court in Osun here and after several years of litigation, the court eventually ruled that Ashaolu’s tenure will end in February next year.

“As law abiding citizens of this country, we must respect the court and obey the judgement, unless anyone is interested in appealing the judgement in the higher court and that cannot be a solution to the problem we are battling with.

“I want to appeal to all Yoruba film-makers, actors and actresses to unite and speak in one voice in the best interest of all of us. This current crisis in the ANTP will not benefit anyone of us and the society.

“I also want to call on all stakeholders, especially the Governors of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola; Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode; Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose and Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the ANTP leadership crisis.

“I’m also appealing to our traditional rulers in Yoruba land, especially the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Awujale of Ijebu Land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, to wade in and help us settle the dispute so that we can be together.

“We are grateful to the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, who has been making frantic efforts to resolve the crisis. We appreciate his efforts so far and we also want him to intensify efforts so that the crisis would be resolved while we unite to make our association great again,” the Yoruba actor said.

Recalled that leading members of the ANTP pulled out from the association and form a parallel association christened Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).

Mr Adebayo Salami, also known as ‘Oga Bello’, Prince Jide Kosoko and Mr Dele Odule, who had a running battle with Mr Ashaolu over the leadership tussle in ANTP, formed TAMPAN in Lagos State.

Scout Confers Ambassador Of Messenger Of Peace Title On OOni

Ooni and Scout in NigeriaScout Nigeria has conferred on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the ambassador of Messenger of Peace in Nigeria and a member of the group’s Board of Trustees.

At an investiture programme held at the palace of the Ooni of Ife in Ile-Ife, Osun State over the weekend, the Scout group said they believed the monarch was on the same level as the King of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz or beyond his level, who was given the honour as the world’s Messenger of Peace, earlier this year.

They said he was worthy of the post.

True Messenger Of Peace

The group said, their belief was that in a short period, the king would also rise to the position of the world patron of the Messenger of Peace.

The President of Scout Nigeria, Folabi Shofolahan, told the monarch that the main reason he was picked, was that when he ascended the throne in 2015, he broke a 79-year long rivalry between the Ooni and the Alaafin of Oyo by paying him a courtesy visit, which typifies a true messenger of peace.

“Scouting is a game for that boy and girl that is out to build ‎them physically, mentally, emotionally spiritually and socially and make them useful to their individual community and the international world.

“It’s good to let you know Kabiyesi that worldwide we are about 40 million and our expectations is by 2023,the young side of scouting will be 100 million. And in trying to look at how we can achieve that, we have come up with different strategic plans, one of them is the preaching of the messages of peace”.

“Kabiyesi since your ascension to the throne of your father, you have done tremendously well in terms of managing peace within the Yoruba land and particularly Yoruba in diaspora.”

“You also broke the age long rivalry between your throne and the Alaafin of Oyo and that is what scouting is all about”.

“Our programme today, we call it “Messenger of Peace” ‎established by two great men – King Gustas IV of Sweden and Late King Abdulhazeez of Saudi Arabia – and we believe that we have people who are equivalent and even more than them that can foster and promote peace and that is why we are here today to decorate the ‘Kabiyesi’ (King) and confer on him, the “Ambassador of Messenger of Peace”.

“Scouting started in Nigeria in 1915 and we will do all not to let scouting die in Nigeria. We are back to the source and we will start from the source to get to other leaders”. Kabiyesi, we believe so much in your vision and we will always support you,” Mr Shofolahan stated.

Oba Ogunwusi, after he accepted the title, promised to repay the gesture with commitment to the mission he had been asked to embark on, saying he would support the group whenever he was called upon to do so.

‎In his words: “My life has been completely dedicated to service of mankind and this is one of the things that signifies service to mankind. Scouting I believe helps to extend love to one another all over the world to make others happy and I am dedicated to this course”.

“In every situation I give God all the glory and the adoration. The best way to serve God is service to mankind.

“Many do not know the difference between holiness and religion. They are two different things, when you serve mankind it is one of the commandments of God. If you serve God and Love mankind, there is no way you will steal, be covetous and kill. Love God and love your neighbour.

“This two are strong bonds. What you are doing is basically to keep the association together. It is service to mankind and you are growing eaglets, teaching them what selflessness is all about and you are doing it with fullness of joy without being paid salaries”.

He further commended their efforts and promised to be a good Ambassador and Messenger of Peace.

“Service attracted me to this group and I promise never to fail you as I reassure you of my further commitment.

“God Bless Scout Association of Nigeria and the entire world, God bless our country Nigeria and the Yoruba Race worldwide, I thank you for this honour,” he added.

Oyo Governor Refutes Claims On Privatisation Of Public Schools

Abiola Ajimobi, Education, Schools, OyoThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has cleared the air over the raging controversy about a new education policy, which the labour union said was aimed at selling public schools.

In a no holds barred consultative forum, Governor Ajimobi said the government had no intention to involve private group and individuals in the management of public secondary schools.

He apologised to the people of Oyo State over the crisis which erupted as a result of various misconceptions, admitting that advertorial should not have preceded the forum.

The Governor reiterated that no school was for sale or transfer to any concern and called on residents to join hands with the government to salvage the education sector in the state.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Waheed Olojede, insisted that there was no going back on the strike.

He stated that the union did not attend the consultative forum because they do not believe it was in the interest of the masses.

In his remarks, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, appealed to the people of the state to exercise patience with the government and support policies aimed at improving the standard of living.

Religious and traditional leaders at the forum, including the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Akinyele, also sued for peace among stakeholders.