Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Sunday, replied his critics that he’s not responsible for the d3aths in quick race of three foremost monarchs in the state.
He also pledged that the state won’t spare anything to give the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, a state befitting burial. Makinde made the exposure, while addressing family members of Oba Adeyemi and the Oyomesi, during his sanctioned condolence visit to the palace of the departed monarch in Oyo.
He, inversely, charged the Oyomesi, who are ladened with the responsibility of choosing the coming Alaafin not to allow a vacuum for too long, noting that his administration would guarantee that the desires of the late Alaafin happen.
The governor said this was necessary so that some wishes of the late Alaafin, which he was privy to can be fulfilled. Makinde, while replying to social media scuttlebutt in a comical manner, said he wasn’t the bone responsible for the d3aths of foremost monarchs in the state.
Oba Adeyemi was the rearmost of the First Class monarchs who have joined their ancestors in the last five month in Oyo State. The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi failed on December 12, 2021 while Olubadan Saliu Adetunji failed January 2, 2022.
Still, Makinde said all monarchs who have joined their ancestors in the state were ripe in age and have made impact on the people.
Makinde say: Regardless of how old the Alaafin was, we could never have believed him should join his father’s. When he mounted the throne of his fathers, I was veritably youthful. But because of the way Kabiyesi was to us, we’d have loved to have him with us ever if it was possible.”
“ For that, we’re sad but we’re also happy because Kabiyesi lived long on the throne of his fathers. Secondly, since we heard about the news of his d3ath, throughout history, I entered calls from the Presidency and a lot of my associates. Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano have called me tête-à-tête.”
What this means is that Kabiyesi lived a fulfilled and poignant life not only in Oyo State but throughout the confederation. That’s why those who are mourning with us could also feel the impact. At this point that we’re mourning the passage of Baba, they’re also relating with us.”
Governor Makinde declared that Alaafin’s d3ath has left a huge void that would be delicate to fill, saying “ In Oyo State, we’ve maybe lost the last mortal encyclopedia of our traditional history, because several times when I visited him and told him the kind of problem we had, he’d result to everything.”
“ So, it’s a veritably delicate void to fill. In fact, I do n’t know who differently we can go and meet, who can replace Kabiyesi.”
“Whenever I visited him in 2015 and educated him regarding my aspiration, he honestly let me know it wouldn’t work out because of one explanation or the other and, at last, I failed but I learnt certain effects.
Not numerous people will tell one the verity. Kabiyesi told me it would not work and it noway worked out.” Having realised this, I got to understand again that in position of authority, not numerous people will want to tell one the verity, and that assignment came from Kabiyesi.
“For us all in Oyo State, it is a troublesome period and what we want more is supplications. All the good effects Baba wished to come to pass, may God give us the wisdom to actualise them. And I want to promise everybody that, as a government, we will do everything possible to give him a befitting burial ritual.
“I need to engage you Oyo mesi, who are responsible for establishment of rulers. We do n’t want to see any vacuum for a long time. When you’re done with the solemnities you’re supposed to perform, we’re then to insure the wishes of Baba come to pass,” the governor added.
Before in his address of hello, representative of one of the ruling houses in Oyo, including Adeyemi, Ladigbolu and Agunloye, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, noted that the d3ath of Oba Adeyemi wasn’t mourned but being celebrated.
Ladigbolu further said that Oba Adeyemi was a true reincarnation of Atiba who bade the world farewell in April and also joined his ancestors in the fourth month of the time.
While lauding Governor Makinde for his timely visit despite his busy schedule, late Alaafin’s eldest son, Prince Babatunde Adeyemi, charged all to bequeath good heritage to the future generations.