Oyo State Governor,Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that the processes that would lead to the emergency of the next Alaafin of Oyo will be strictly based on the Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy Declaration.
The governor, who stated this while speaking at the  state  burial ceremony organised for the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi said the late monarch lived an impactful life.
The governor said that the state has lost an irreplaceable king and an encyclopaedia of Yoruba history and culture.
He said: “Today is a day of celebration for us as we are celebrating a life that was well-lived and impactful.”Let me share one or two things with us on my relationship with the late Kabiyesi. 
“People may feel we were not in good terms before his departure but that was not true. In 2015 when I was campaigning to be the governor of Oyo State, he was one of the few people that told me the truth. 
“So, Baba was an Encyclopaedia of our history and culture. 

“I can only say that we have lost a king that is irreplaceable but we have to accept the fact that we cannot question God. “God was merciful to Baba because it is not easy to spend more than 50 years on the throne of your forefathers.
“So, it is celebration of life  for us today.”Let me also use this opportunity to let our people in Oyo know that the process to select a new Alaafin will not go beyond the Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy Declaration.
Earlier, the Secretary to State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, had in a welcome address stated that the monarch was known for consistently blessing governments with quality advice on all issues. “In that wise, Alaafin Adeyemi  never shied away from making public comments on issues he believed could discomfort his people at any point in time.

“We will continue to celebrate your unforgettable contributions to the development of our people as we pray that the Almighty God receives your soul to eternal rest.”

The event had in attendance the Deputy Governor of Oyo State,  Engineer Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan, Osun State Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi, Osun State PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi and other prominent royal fathers from Oyo State.
Iyabo Adebisi


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