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Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has described the death of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, as a huge loss to the state, Yoruba race and Nigeria at large.

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

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that the king’s words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful.

The statement indicated that the governor expressed his condolences to the Oyo State Traditional Council, the Oyomesi, Oba Adeyemi’s immediate family, the people of Oyo Kingdom and the entire Yoruba race, praying to God to repose the soul of the departed monarch.

The governor stated that apart from Oyo State losing its last man standing in the ranks of experienced monarchs with long years of royal leadership, it had also lost a royal institution and an authority, which Adeyemi had become through his understanding of Yoruba history, politics and national development.

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

“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 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.”

Meanwhile, the remains of the late Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo in Oyo State, will be laid to rest in the afternoon, in accordance with the Islamic injunction in Baara.

“Baara is not just the final resting place of all the Alaafins, it is also a place where the Alaafin goes to whenever there is a need to commune with his ancestors to seek guidance and or directions,” the source said.

However, one of the respected Oyo Princes, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, and the sons of the departed traditional ruler, have been holding closed-door meetings since discussing the burial plan.

The meeting reportedly began upon the arrival of Babatunde Adeyemi, the first son of the foremost Oba.

Within the last five months, Oyo State had lost three prominent traditional rulers. They were: Soun of Ogbomosoland, late Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, who died in December, 2021; the late Oba Saliu Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, died on Jan. 2 and now the Alaafin of Oyo.

Respected Traditional Ruler

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as a symbol of a nation’s epic struggle for self-discovery and self actualisation.

Mr Obasanjo in condolence to the Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde stated that the late highly revered monarch was a patriotic and highly respected traditional ruler who had immeasurable love for his people.

The former president said late Oba Adeyemi lived with great faith in a united Nigeria noting that he stood out as a voice of forthrightness in national affairs and he was a fervent promoter of mutual tolerance and understanding not only among the diverse people who live in his domain but also across the country.

He noted that the reign of the late monarch transformed Oyo Town into the modern city that it has become and as well his contribution to nation-building led to his conferment with the national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic and other honorary degrees received from some Nigerian and outside educational institutions.

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

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

The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari has described the demise of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III as a colossal loss to traditional institutions in Nigeria.

This is contained in a condolence message by the Emir’s spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, in Ilorin.

Alhaji Sulu-Gambari noted that the 52years reign of Oba Adeyemi III witnessed a tremendous display of royalty, excellence, peace and harmony among inhabitants of the ancient town of the Oyo Empire and Oyo State in general.

While commiserating with the immediate and extended families of the late paramount ruler, the Oyo-In-Council, government and good people of Oyo State over the exit of a Titan, the Emir prayed to God to comfort his loved ones and give the entire people of Oyo the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Meanwhile, The Deji of Akure Kingdom and the Chairman of Ondo State Council of Obas, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo has received the passage of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi with rude shock.

Oba Aladelusi said Oba Adeyemi was a bridge builder who contributed immensely to the growth of the entire Yoruba Nation as well as the country at large.

According to the monarch, Alaafin’s wealth of experience and love for education coupled with an unequaled quest for knowledge made him unique and stood him out throughout his reign.

Oba Aladetoyinbo then commiserated with the immediate family and the good people of Oyo State over this irreparable loss and that God grant him eternal rest.

The Owa of Idanre, Oba Frederick Aroloye has described the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as a great nationalist who did his best to project the culture and tradition of the Yoruba race.

The Monarch spoke in his palace in Idanre while reacting to the passage of the foremost monarch.

The monarch opined that the late First class ruler would be missed for his bravery, honesty and patriotism towards issues of national interest.

Oba Aroloye prayed to God to grant him eternal rest and guide the kingmakers right in choosing a successor.

Late Alaafin of Oyo and Chancellor University of Maiduguri, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

Shock

The Vice-Chancellor University of Maiduguri Professor Aliyu Shugaba has expressed shock over the demise of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

A statement personally signed by the Vice-Chancellor describes the death of the late monarch who is the Chancellor of the institution as a painful exit. 

Professor Shugaba says Alaafin of Oyo has demonstrated unparalleled passion and commitment to the development of education in Nigeria and the University of Maiduguri in particular. 

“Oba Lamidi Adeyemi would specifically be remembered for his sterling leadership, sustained fatherly guidance, support and understanding towards peaceful coexistence and progress of the University ” Professor Shugaba remarks.

The statement adds that the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the Council, Senate and the entire University Community condoles with the President who is the visitor of the institution, the immediate family of the imperial majesty, and the entire Oyo Kingdom over the great loss.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has described the passing away of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, as a sad development that touched him personally.

In a statement, Mr Gbajabiamila said the death of the paramount Yoruba ruler 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.

The Speaker, 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.

Reporting by Wale Oluokun, Lawrence Afolabi, Dupe Isename, Ganiyu Agbelus, Dauda Iliya and Ibrahim Shehui; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino