Obafemi Awolowo family: Oba Adeyemi was a unifier, a progressive

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has broken his silence over the heated reactions generated by his statement over the Mayegun title he conferred on the fuji musician, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde, stating that the context through which he made the statement should be understood.

The family of the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has described the demise of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, as sad, describing him as a unifier and a progressive.

In a statement by Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu on Saturday, the family said the news came as a shock.

According to the statement: “The news of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, joining his ancestors has come as a shock to us. He was a great Oba who brought respectability to the stool bequeathed to him by his fathers.

Oba Adeyemi used the entire 52 years he spent on the throne of Oyo building bridges of friendship across all divides. He was a unifier in words and in deed. He was a progressive and a philosopher king. He worked so hard to mould his ancient kingdom into a modern town and was always available to speak for the people when occasion demanded.

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Everyone who ever interacted with him knew his worth as a great repository of history, culture and tradition of his people. Oyo town has lost a father and a king; Yorubaland has lost a leader and Nigeria has lost a patriot and a nationalist.

We pray for the repose of his soul while we commiserate with his family, the government and people of Oyo State on this monumental loss. God Almighty will look after all he left behind.

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