By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A leading All Progressives Congress (APC), gubernatorial aspirant in Oyo State, Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao, on Saturday, described the demise of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III,, as the passage of a royal titan in Yorubaland.
Engineer Alao in a statement he personally signed to commiserate with all Oyo indigenes, the royal family, Oyomesi, the state Council of Obas and Chiefs, the government and people of Oyo State and the entire Yorubas to mourn the passage of the royal father, said the death of Oba Adeyemi, ” is a huge loss to the people of Oyo, Oyo State, Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole”.
The Asiwaju of Iroko emphasized that for 52 years that Oba Adeyemi spent on the throne of his forefathers he brought glamour to the Yoruba race promoting its culture and tradition, stating that his death would rob Yorubaland of his unquantifiable passion for the race, adding, ” Oba Adeyemi was a great father and adviser to those who came across him within Yorubaland, Nigeria and all over the world”.
Stressing that late Oba Adeyemi brought his wisdom of a royalty who prepared for the throne to bear in discharging his responsibilities as the Alaafin of Oyo, saying, the news of the death of our royal father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, is nothing but a huge loss to Yorubaland and humanity.
“For me it is a huge shock as during my last encounter with him he was full of life welcoming me with open hands into the palace and showered his royal blessings on my aspiration The exit of Oba Adeyemi coming at this time when he was in the forefront of promoting our culture and tradition is nothing but painful as he was always ready to throw all he had to fight the cause of the Yoruba race”, he said.
Engineer Alao added, “I have no doubt that that Oyo town, Oyo State, Yoruba race, Nigeria and humanity at large will miss Oba Adeyemi, a quintessential royal father and repository of Yoruba history, culture and tradition”.
The APC governorship aspirant recalled that his last encounter with the late Oba Adeyemi was last month when he gave his royal blessing for his governorship aspiration during a visit to the Aafin in Oyo
Praying for the repose of the soul of late Oba Adeyemi, Engineer Alao said his life of service for the betterment of Yoruba race and humanity will be missed, stating that his name would continue to be a reference in the ancient city and Yorubaland as a whole.
“I commiserate with all Oyo indigenes both at home and in Diaspora, his immediate family, the Oyomesi and the entire people of Yorubaland, over the death of an uncommon royal father.”