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It is no longer news that Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo has passed on.

Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites began, according to palace sources.

He was 83 years old and the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is expected to make an official announcement upon receiving the report of the monarch’s passing from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, who will now lead Oyo before a new Alaafin is installed.

The monarch had been sick and a plan had been made to fly him abroad before he passed on late Friday night.

A source familiar with the medical travel plan said his tickets and those of a few wives were already procured.

His death came after the two other senior Oyo State monarchs – the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi – died. All happened in less than five month ago.

With the demise of Alaafin Adeyemi, it is now the turn of the Agunloye Ruling House to produce the next Oyo monarch. Mr Adeyemi’s predecessor, Bello Ladigbolu, was from the Agunloye House.

The Igbimo Apapo Yoruba in mourning Alaafin of Oyo’s Demise described him as an Encyclopedia of Wisdom.

In a statement signed by Aare Barr. Oladotun Hassan,
President, Yoruba Council Worldwide the apex Yoruba interest group: Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye (Yoruba Council Worldwide) umbrella body to the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide(YCYW), Yoruba Council of Women Worldwide(YCWW), Yoruba Council of Students Worldwide(YCSW)and Omoluabi School Club(OSC)and all her affiliated organizations jointly commiserated with the entire Yoruba race and the people of Oyo State on the unexpected Ascension of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Dr. Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III , Iku Baba Yeye, The Alaafin of Oyo to the great beyond to join his ancestors.

The statement reads;
“We cannot overemphasise the importance of His Majesty’s father figure roles in the fight against insecurity, kidnappings and pervasive corruption in Nigeria, particularly being the vanguard voice of the Yoruba people, which is mostly needed now, considering the present aggravated perilous times we are confronted with.

“This is indeed a irreplaceable huge loss to all sons and daughters of Oduduwa, particularly the Oyo Atiba Town, Kabiyesi Alaafin remains an uncommon encyclopedia of wisdom and maverick orator of history.

“We take solace in His Majesty’s love for the youths, and his unflinching fighting spirit for the restructuring of our governance system, predicated on the succinct delivery of dividends of democracy to all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and political affiliations.

“Adieu Baba Alaafin” the statement added.

Other Sympathisers have been trooping to the palace of the Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamide Adeyemi III, after news of his passing on went viral.

Oba Adeyemi died on Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti while the news of his demise was confirmed by the palace on Saturday.

Oba Adeyemi was 83 years old. He reigned as Alaafin for 52 years. Alaafin Adeyemi III was from the Alowodu Ruling House. He succeeded Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I in 1970 and was popularly known as Iku Baba Yeye.

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