By Oluwatope Lawanson
Lagos, April 23, 2022 (NAN) A former Governor of Lagos State, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has described the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, as an auspicious era in the ancient Oyo Kingdom, the Yoruba and the entirety of the black race.
Tinubu in a condolence message on Saturday in Lagos, said that the late Oba Adeyemi was a strong pillar of the arts, culture and tradition.
He said: “Kabiyesi took upon himself the task of promoting Nigerian arts and culture for which he received many ambassadorial awards in Nigeria and beyond.
“In recognition of his important contributions to peace, religious harmony and stability in Nigeria, the nation gifted him the high honour of Commander of the Federal Republic.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential hopeful expressed sadness at the passing of the late Oba adding that with his transition, a big Iroko had fallen.
Tinubu recalled that his last encounter with Oba Adeyemi was during his last visit to his palace sometime in February to seek his prayers and blessings for his presidential ambition.
“l had an abiding personal relationship with Alaafin whom I deeply respected. He was a Mentor, leader and father figure.
” I visited Kabiyesi in February in Oyo to seek his prayers and blessings which he graciously gave, little did I know it was the last time we would see each other face to face,” he said
Tinubu noted that Alaafin was one of the most influential, greatly respected traditional rulers in Yorubaland, Nigeria and indeed Africa and beyond.
“Alaafin fostered harmony and brought prosperity and development to the ancient Oyo Kingdom.
“He was loved by his people. Wisely ruling on the throne for 52 years, he became the longest reigning Alaafin that ever ruled Oyo Kingdom.
“An elder-statesman and patriot, Alaafin Adeyemi was bold and courageous. He spoke truth to power.
“His interventions in national affairs helped the nation navigate difficult moments and helped usher a more just society.
“He played vital roles in the struggle for democracy, working assiduously towards the establishment of our democracy,” he said
The former governor who said that he was deeply touched by the demise of Oba Adeyemi commisserates with his immediate family, the Oyomesi, the chiefs, Gov. Seyi Makinde, the government and the people of Oyo kingdom.
“The black race has lost a titan who will be sorely missed.
“I pray that his family, Oyo Kingdom, the Yoruba race and indeed all Nigerians find consolation and strength in that we must now dedicate ourselves to live up to the ideals for which Alaafin stood,” Tinubu said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)