Alaafin of Oyo: My father reconciled with all before his death – Prince

Prince Akeem Adeyemi, one of the sons of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, said his father has reconciled with almost everybody he had differences with before his death.

 

Adeyemi, also a member of the House of Representatives, representing Afijio, Oyo East, Oyo West and Atiba Federal Constituency, said his father could have differences with anyone based on principle, but was able to reconcile with all of them before his death.

 

The son, who described the late Alaafin as a core traditionalist and defender of Yoruba culture, said it was a pity that they lost a man who has given Oyo its true name.

 

“It is a pity we lost a man, who has given Oyo its true name, a man who has truly represented Yoruba culture, a symbol of Yoruba tradition.

 

“A man of epitome of knowledge and wisdom is gone; what can we do? We can’t query the Almighty God.

 

“We love him and we are celebrating a life well spent; the legacy he left behind is for us to always defend Yoruba and always say the truth, no matter whose ox is goose,” he said.

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Adeyemi said that his father lived his entire life in service to humanity and loved his people as a king and served them to till his death.

 

Among those that had paid a condolence visit to the family was Sen.Teslim Folarin.

 

Adeyemi died on Friday night at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti at the age of 83 after he reigned for 52 years.

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An aide of the palace claimed the late Alaafin had premonition of his death.

 

She said this while speaking with journalists at the Alaafin of Oyo’s palace on Saturday.

 

The palace worker said that the traditional ruler already had a premonition of his death a few weeks back.

 

She urged people to find solace in the fact that the late monarch lived a worthy life.

 

“My father has gone to meet his forefathers. Atanda (Alaafin) went to play with his forefathers. He is not dead.

 

“Two weeks ago, he called and told us that his late father was calling him to come. We were afraid and asked if truly he saw his father.

 

“He ascended the throne at a young age and was wealthy and blessed with long life, preserved the stool, promoted the Yoruba culture and was an epitome of royalty. We are happy to have him as the Alaafin.”

 

Meanwhile, the Janazah (funeral) prayer has been conducted on the remains of the late Alaafin at the ancient palace in Oyo Town.

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