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THE ALLAFIN IS THE ONLY OBA THAT CAN CONFER TITLES THAT COVER YORUBA LAND – ALAAFIN OF OYO

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, has said he is the only Oba with the mandate to confer on deserving individuals chieftaincy titles that cover Yoruba land.

The Oba spoke when he was conferring the titles of Atobaase of Yoruba land to Dr. Babajide Agunbiade a United States-based oil engineer and Ayedero of Yoruba land on Hon. Shina Peller who is representing lseyin/ltesiwaju/Kajola/lwajowa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

On why he presented the tittles to Peller and Agunbiade, the Oba said:

“These great Yoruba sons have proved themselves in their fields of endeavour, hence as a mark of recognition and in advancing the Yoruba cultural heritage, I, the custodian of the history of the Yoruba nation, in consultation with my Oyomesi, have deemed it fit to recognise them by conferring these titles on them today.

“As I have always made known at every occasion and event such as this one, our pride as Yoruba is in our intrinsic tradition and cultural heritage. Yoruba as a race or nation evolved a superb constitution which though unwritten, is daintily and unequivocally observed by strong convention.

“The Yoruba chieftaincy institution is the pillar indeed, the bedrock of our system of government. A traditional ruler cannot, therefore, afford to be despotic without dire consequences. He, therefore, must rule within honourable norms of our traditions.

“The Alaafin from time immemorial is the king and head of the Yoruba nation. He is the only king in Yoruba land who can confer chieftaincy title on a worthy individual, man or woman, to cover the whole of Yoruba land. In exercise of this right, successive Alaafin of Oyo has been guided by due process in the appointment of Yoruba to chieftaincies that cover the whole of Yoruba land.”

“As I end my speech, I will like to stress that this title serves as recognition, but most importantly as a mantle for service and posterity of the culture, which you today you bear.”

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