Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has cancelled his chieftaincy title ceremony as Aare Baasofin of Yoruba Land slated to hold on May 27, 2022.
The installation was to be performed by His Royal Highness, the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III who incidentally passed away on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, Gbajabiamila said the ceremony would no longer hold owing to the monarch’s death.
“You will recall that his Royal Highness, the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III communicated the conferment of the title of Aare Baasofin of Yoruba Land to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila through an appointment letter dated September 7, 2021, and presented to the Speaker on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the National Assembly, Abuja, by members of the Oyomesi Council led by the Bashorun of Oyo Kingdom, High Chief Olayinka Ayoola, who is the traditional Prime Minister of Oyo Kingdom and Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu; upon which the Speaker, in turn, accepted the appointment with gratitude to God.
“However, due to the tight work schedule of the Speaker, the chieftaincy ceremony could not hold throughout 2021, until this year when the date of May 27, 2022, was agreed with the palace, but as God in His majesty will have it, the revered monarch passed away on Friday night before the distribution of invitation cards for the event (May Allah grant him Aljanah Firdaus).
“Naturally, the event can no longer hold as the Speaker, the entire Yoruba race and Nigerians home and abroad mourn the demise of the widely respected monarch”, the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has described the transition of the Alaafin as an occurrence fated to foster unity among the traditional institutions.
Adams, who stated this during his condolence visit to the palace in Oyo, on Sunday, said many monarchs in Youbaland, including the late Alaafin, usually disagreed on history but agreed on interest that would move the zone forward.
“Yes his transition will foster more unity because in traditional institution, ‘soldier go soldier come’. There is no empty Barracks and the stakeholders will work towards unity.
“We are praying to God for somebody who will be equiped with wisdom to succeed him because the position is so unique and strategic.
“Definably, his transition will foster unity because we have many Obas in Youbaland and you may see them disagreeing on history but they don’t disagree on interest that will move Yoruba forward.
“I know many Obas that have called me since the demise of Kabiyesi. Even in our extreme North of Yorubaland, Akoko, about six or seven Obas have called to sympathise with me on the demise of Kabiyesi.
“So definitely, there will be a unity based on his transition. His transition will foster more unity because in traditional institution, soldier go soldier come. There is no empty of Baracks and the stakeholders will work towards unity.
“It is a great loss to the entire Yoruba race. Kabiyesi is an epitome of wisdom, blessed with knowledge. He was an orator and lecturer. He was always resolute on issues. He was a someone who had a large heart to resolve issues. As the same time, for somebody to hold Oyo for a period of 52 years, you will realize the kind of potentials he had. Oyo is a town with rich history.
“It is a town people described as a town of culture. During the reign of Kabiyesi, he ensured that people didn’t toy with culture and traditions. He was the only Alaafin who installed two Aare Onakakanfos in the history of Yoruba race. You can see the transformation that was in Oyo during his reign. About six universities are cited in Oyo.
“He used his influence to bring development to the ancient town. This is not the first Oyo but he used his influence to develop Oyo. He didn’t allow pride the people to diminish during his reign. People classified him as freedom fighter. During the struggle of NADECO, he stood with MKO Abiola and the masses,” Adams eulogised.