• Alaafin promoted values of peace and stability – Buhari
  • Chief Akinade Ayoola, the Basorun of Oyo is regent


Abiodun OBA


The late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has been laid to rest.

Oba Adeyemi was buried in the ancient town of Oyo on Saturday.

The monarch joined his ancestors on Friday, at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

The remains of the Alaafin of Oyo has since been taken to his palace.

Earlier, Yusuf Ayoola, the Head of the Oyomesi, had earlier disclosed that the late Alaafin would be buried today(Saturday).

He said the necessary rites of passage had been performed.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in his tribute, said the Alaafin promoted values of peace and stability and was significant for human development,

The President stated this when he joined Nigerians in mourning the demise of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.

In a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Saturday, Buhari extolled the virtues of the late monarch admitting that he encouraged learning as a culture and formal education.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with the Government and people of Oyo State over the passing of Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, 83, whose reign covered major historic transitions in the country, and witnessed transformations in his domain.

“The President affirms that the Alaafin of Oyo’s 52 years of 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.

“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.”

Meanwhile, the head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade Ayoola, is expected to take over the affairs of the palace, pending the appointment of a new Alaafin.

Historically, Basorun, has the final say on the nomination of a new Alaafin and his power rivalling the king himself.

According to history, the Oyo empire was a monarchical system which was headed by Alaafin, as the king.

However, an administrative council and governing body made up of chiefs, Oyomesi, serves to maintain a balance in power.

Members of Oyomesi were headed by prime minister called Basorun which could request the king’s suicide by sending him a calabash of parrot’s eggs.

Basorun has the power to organise religious festivals in addition to becoming Commander in Chief of the Oyo Army which gave him tremendous independent religious authority.

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