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Traditional worshippers have decried the open display of the body of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, during the Muslim prayer session, which they said, was against the tenets of traditional respect for a deceased king.
They also urged Yoruba monarchs to promote traditional religion, which is the basis of their crowns. The traditionalists said the late Oba Adeyemi never minced words in condemning the open display of any Yoruba Oba’s remains for any purpose while he was alive and even went against an attempt by the Ogun State House of Assembly to alter the state’s burial rites procedure to weaken the power of traditional religion and practitioners in taking the needed roles at the burial rites of any deceased king.
In a statement, yesterday, made available to journalists in Ibadan, Chairman, Traditional Religion Worshippers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Branch, Adefabi Dasola Fadiran and Secretary, Dr. Fakayode Fayemi Fatunde, also appreciated the Sango devotees in Oyo town for tolerating the Muslim and Christian worshippers for the initial prayers before the traditional rites.
Meanwhile, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde yesterday vowed that the state would not spare anything to give the late Alaafin of Oyo a befitting burial.
This is as he appealed to the Oyo Mesi, the Council of Chiefs and all those that will be involved in the selection of a new Alaafin not to delay the process.
The governor jokingly said he was not responsible for the frequent deaths of traditional rulers in Oyo State, following insinuation on social media that monarchs have been dying in the state one after the other since December 2021 to present time.
Makinde, who arrived at the palace at about 2:25 p.m., was received by the Bashorun of Oyo, who doubles as the Chairman of Council of Chiefs, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, eldest son of the late monarch, Babatunde Adeyemo and others.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare and Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, were also among the dignitaries that visited the palace to mourn the late monarch. Dare said the death of Oba Adeyemi was a big loss to the country and Oyo State.
This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.
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