Obasanjo, Alaafin's Widows Mourn As Oba Adeyemi Is Buried - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, April 23, 2022

Obasanjo, Alaafin's Widows Mourn As Oba Adeyemi Is Buried

•••Oba Adeyemi was a symbol of Nigeria epic struggle in selfdiscovery and selfactualisation - Obasanjo

• Alaafin's & his widows

•Funeral Prayers For Late Alaafin Adeyemi

The Daily Crucible | Saturday, April 23, 2022

By Dare Oguntoyinbo, Ibadan

The final and solemn journey of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, to be with his Maker began on Saturday with the Chief Imam of Oyo, Masud Ajokidero, and other faithful, on saying final prayers over the remains for the peaceful repose of his soul.

He was interred immediately after the prayers.

But before the interment, the Sango devotees took custody of the remains of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi for continuation of traditional rites after Islamic prayers were performed on the body.

Sango devotees later carried the remains from Ode Aro part of the palace into the Oba Adeyemi III Hall, where they first covered the “sleeping” monarch with a mat before forming a circle around him.

The devotees chanted dirges and eulogies of Sango, whom an Alaafin embodies, according to Yoruba mythology and was interred afterwards.

However, the late Alaafin's oloris - seven of them,  are mourning the exit of their revered crown, as they entered a new phase of life with the monarch's transition.

The Daily Crucible had reported earlier that the top Yoruba monarch joined his ancestors on Friday night.

Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State in South-West Nigeria.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo town, 62 kilometres from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites began, palace sources told this newspaper.

He was 83 years old and the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is expected to make an official announcement upon receiving the report of the monarch’s passing from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, who will now lead Oyo town before a new Alaafin is installed.

Meanwhile, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as a symbol of a nation’s epic struggle in selfdiscovery and selfactualisation.

Obasanjo's letter of condolence to the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde was made available through his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi to newsmen in Abeokuta on Saturday. 

Obasanjo, 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.

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

"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."

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