‘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.

The Past Seven Years Have Prepared Me For My Presidential Ambition – Osinbajo

 

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that the past seven years have prepared him for a higher purpose as he pursues his Presidential ambition.

The VP said this on Friday when he met with All Progressives Congress delegates in Oyo State.

Read Also: State Policing: Obasanjo Did Nothing When He Had The Opportunity, Says Adesina

 

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo addresses a crowd of supporters in Ibadan on Friday.

 

Presenting his political credentials before the delegates, the Vice President said he has spent the past couple of years in training and preparation.

He, therefore, believes that he has had ample experience to hit the ground running if elected as the next president to take over from Buhari.

Earlier, Professor Osinbajo and his entourage had paid homage to the Olubadan of Ibadan Land, Sen Lekan Balogun in his palace to inform the monarch of his ambition.

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.

Women, Children Health Initiative To Check Mortality Rate – Aisha Buhari

Oba-Saliu-Adetunji-Ogungunniso-1The wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says the Children and Women Health Initiative is aimed at promoting preventive medicine practices.

She said it would help checkmate the alarming rate of mortality resulting from late presentation of diseases affecting women in Nigeria.

The wife of the President made the statement at the Olubadan Palace in Ibadan, as part of her two-day visit to Oyo State.

Cancer Screening

Mrs Buhari told reporters that the programme would offer 2,500 women free screening for cervical and breast cancers while blood screening would also be done to detect blood glucose for women at designated centres, including markets.

In his remarks, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who received Mrs Buhari’s entourage with his wife, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, his deputy and cabinet members, lauded the initiative, saying the culture of preventive medicine must be made popular among Nigerians to promote longevity.

Mrs Aisha Buhari and her entourage earlier arrived at the Ibadan Airport into the waiting arms of Governor Ajimobi and his wife and other government officials.

She was led straight to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Ogungunniso 1 to pay homage and explain the reason for her visit.

Governor Ajimobi in his remarks promised that the state would do all within its power to support the initiative, as health remained a critical sector in Oyo State.

Welcoming the dignitaries to his palace, Oba Adetunji expressed delight that Mrs Buhari had chosen to start the free screening for the South-West zone in Oyo State.

He promised that utmost support would be given to the programme which would begin on Thursday by all and sundry.