A new Alaafin is likely to emerge before May 29: Oyo Kingmaker

The Iba Samu of the Oyo Empire, chief Lamidi Oyewale, who is one of the ‘Oyo Mesi’ (King Makers) in the city of Oyo, said on Thursday that a new Alaafin of Oyo is likely to arise before May 29. of this year.

He said that the delay in the current ongoing process to elect the new monarch is to have a peaceful coronation reign free from rancor for the new monarch.

Recall that this Wednesday a rumor leaked on social networks that one of the candidates for the bench, Prince Lukman Mofojudola Ayinla Gbadegesin Agunloye had been appointed as the new monarch.

But the Oyo State Government, through the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, announced that no one had been elected as the new Alaafin of Oyo.

Speaking in the city of Oyo at the one-year remembrance prayer for the late Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Oyewale chief urged people to be patient. He pointed out that the process of choosing the monarch is thorough and assured that there will be no problem when the new king finally emerges.

According to him, the city of Oyo had in the past been without a king for more than three years and there was no problem or breakdown of law and order.

“It is only a year since the late Alaafin died. Before the governor is sworn in, a new Oyo monarch will emerge.

“I don’t want to comment too much on the process of appearance of new Alaafin. I have said many things and given many interviews about it. Although we have small challenges, my prayer is that God will give us another king who will improve our lives.”

Alaafin’s seat was left vacant when Oba Lamidi Adeyemi joined his ancestors at age 83 after spending 52 years on the throne.

People at the year-long remembrance prayer praised the late monarch for his efforts towards development, sustainability and upholding the unity of Yoruba land, saying the vacancy left by the monarch would be difficult to fill.

Dignitaries at the event include Mogaji Hassan Oranlola, Aminu Mumina from Oyo State, Alhaji Yakubu Manasara, Imam Alaafin, Alhaji Muhammed Olanrewaju, Alhaji Mudashiru Yusuf and Alhaji Muhammed Bashir, among others.


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