By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has announced the postponment of the planned celebration of his 50th anniversary on the throne earlier slated for next week , January 14 till after the current global COVID-19.
Oba Adeyemi in a statement personally signed by him pointed out that the postponment was against the backdrop of the current global pandemic of COVID-19″.
The Alaafin stressed that the “painful decision became necessary because the sanctity of human life is more important to me than any social engagement”, adding that “part:of the factors that informed that painful decision is the logistics of effecting the social distance rule and the need of harbouring visitors from abroad mandatory two weeks isolation which might not be verified.”
“With very strong personal pain but with respect for the sanctity of human life, I have been able to convince my traditional cabinet inthe name of the Oyomesi of the need to postpone the formal programme till after the pandemic might have gone in no distantfuture”, he said.
Oba Adeyemi added “as it is expected, I have made adequate and abundant arrangements for elaborate thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the well-deserved occasion.”
“As usual, all those who know the importance of the Alaafin stoolto the Yoruba nationhood both at home and in the diaspora hadindicated their intention to be physically present on the occasion.
Accordingly, a lot of resources had been committed by wellmeaning people apart from my personal purse; to which we thankGod for his blessings. But against the backdrop of the current global pandemic of COVID-19, I have got to make a rethink on the timing of the celebration.