Alaafin of Oyo: Gbajabiamila cancels chieftaincy title ceremony

Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has ruled out the ceremony for his chieftaincy title as Aare Baasofin of Yoruba Land fixed for May 27, 2022.

The ceremony was supposed to be done by His Royal Highness, the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, who coincidentally joined his ancestors on Saturday.

The Speaker said via a statement on Sunday, that the ceremony has been canceled due to the sudden death of the renowned monarch.

“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.

Source: The Informant247 Naija News

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