It is with a heavy heart, I received the news that our great father, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alafin of Oyo, has joined his ancestors.
Oba Adeyemi III was not only a foremost character in the Nigerian polity but also a 1st class Oba, a formidable figure and a beloved father to all citizens of Oyo State and Yorubas all over the world.
A thorough custodian of the throne of his forefathers, Oba Adeyemi lived an exemplary, healthy life such that he brought undeniable pride to the Palace. He wore his crown with wisdom, grace, flamboyance and penache. He was indeed a staunch progenitor of the Yoruba culture which he exported far and beyond Nigeria.
Having ascended the throne at the young age of 31, the young sportsman whose love for boxing is legendary, lived a long and fruitful life impacting on both those who ate from his large table and thousands who came from far and wide to benefit from his wisdom.
So wise a king he was that his essence attracted presidents, leaders, kings and Queens as well as the common people.
As a young king, it is on record that he was selected by the then youthful head of state, General Murtala Muhammed to accompany him on Hajj in 1975.
His devotion to the Muslim faith was faultless. He held his faith with honour and total dedication and was appointed Amir-ul-Hajj by ex – President, General Ibrahim Babangida, in 1990, in recognition of his commitment to the consolidation of Islam in Nigeria.
Indeed, Oba Adeyemi has left solid footprints on the sands of time.
I wish to commensurate with the entire Oyo people and the family of the great Oba. We can never forget him.
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