The death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, was announced on Saturday, April 23, 2022, and it has since been confirmed by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde in his condolence message.
Information had it that the Oyo monarch joined his ancestors on Friday night at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, where he had gone for routine medical checkups.
The death of Alaafin made it the third prominent traditional ruler Oyo State has lost within the last five months.
The Soun of Ogbomosoland, late Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, had died in December 2021; followed by the late Oba Saliu Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, who died on January 2, 2022, and now the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
Oba Adeyemi, the Iku Baba Yeye, was first class Oba, and the Chairman of the state’s traditional council, who reigned for 52 years.
Governor Makinde, in his condolence message, said the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, is a huge loss to the state, Nigeria and the Yoruba race.
Makinde, who described Oba Adeyemi’s death as a personal loss to him, noted that he was an ever-supportive royal father and a worthy leader, who spared nothing in trying to make Oyo State and Nigeria greater.
Speaking through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, the governor was quoted as saying that Kabiyesi’s words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful.
The statement indicated that the governor expressed his condolences to the Oyo State Traditional Council, the Oyomesi, Oba Adeyemi’s immediate family, the people of Oyo Kingdom and the entire Yoruba race, praying to God to grant repose to the soul of the departed monarch.
The governor stated that apart from Oyo State losing its last man standing in the rank of experienced monarchs with long years of royal leadership, it has also lost a royal institution and an authority, which Alaafin Olayiwola Adeyemi III had become by virtue of his high-octane understanding of Yoruba history, politics and national development.
Makinde was quoted as saying: “I have been informed about the death of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Iku Baba Yeye, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.
“I express heartfelt condolences to the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, which Oba Adeyemi chaired for decades, the Oyomesi and the entire people of Oyo Kingdom.
“I equally commiserate with the Oloris, children and entire Adeyemi family on the demise of their patriarch and worthy father.
“Kabiyesi’s departure is a huge loss not only to Oyo State, to which he committed 52 years of his life as the Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom, but also to Nigeria and the entire Yoruba race.
“Oba Adeyemi was our last man standing in the rank of most eminent royal fathers with long years of leadership.
“He became a golden king, an institution and an authority rolled into one by virtue of his immense experience, wisdom and understanding of Yoruba history, royalty and politics.
“Oba Adeyemi not only elevated the Alaafin throne with his knowledge and wisdom, he became a worthy exemplar for royal leadership in Africa and brought glory to Oyo State and Nigeria. Kabiyesi never spared anything in his strive to make Oyo State greater and to bring about the Nigeria of everyone’s collective dream.
“Personally, Kabiyesi’s death is a great loss to me, because he proved to be a worthy father and had been ever so supportive of our government.
“His words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful.
“It is my prayer that God accepts Kabiyesi’s soul into Aljanah Firdaus and upholds everyone and everything he left behind.
“Good night, Iku Baba Yeye!”