Bees invade Alaafin of Oyo palace, attack mourners
Bees stung some residents of Oyo town who flocked to the Oyo Palace on Saturday to mourn the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
This occurred around 10 a.m. after Islamic clerics arrived at the palace to prepare for the burial of Oba Adeyemi, who died on Friday night.
Residents in the open space in the palace who were attacked by bees plucked tree branches and leaves to drive the unwanted creatures away, according to our correspondent.
One of the victims was a police officer, and some of the mourners helped him drive away the bees and remove some of the insects that had become stuck in his uniform.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, described the death of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, as “a huge loss to the state, Nigeria, and the Yoruba race” on Saturday.
While Makinde described Oba Adeyemi’s death as a personal loss, he described him as “an ever-supportive royal father and a worthy leader, who spared no effort in trying to make Oyo State and Nigeria greater.”
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Kabiyesi’s words of advice and guidance were always golden and helpful,” the governor said in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
The Oyo State Traditional Council, the Oyomesi, Oba Adeyemi’s immediate family, the people of the Oyo Kingdom, and the entire Yoruba race received Makinde’s condolences.
The governor, on the other hand, prayed to God for the soul of the departed traditional ruler to rest in peace.
According to Makinde, Oyo State has lost a royal institution and an authority that Alaafin Olayiwola Adeyemi III had become through his high-octane knowledge of Yoruba history, politics, and national development.
“I have been informed of His Imperial Majesty, Iku Baba Yeye, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III’s death,” he said.
On behalf of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, which Oba Adeyemi chaired for decades, the Oyomesi, and the entire people of the Oyo Kingdom, I express my heartfelt condolences.”
“I share the Oloris’, children’s, and Adeyemi family’s grief over the passing of their patriarch and worthy father.
“Kabiyesi’s departure is a huge loss not only to Oyo State, where he served as Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom for 52 years but also to Nigeria and the Yoruba race as a whole.”
Oba Adeyemi, he says, was the last of our royal fathers who had been in charge for a long time.
Through his vast experience, wisdom, and understanding of Yoruba history, royalty, and politics, he became a golden king, an institution, and authority all rolled into one.
With his knowledge and wisdom, Oba Adeyemi not only elevated the Alaafin throne, but he also became a worthy exemplar of royal leadership in Africa, bringing glory to Oyo State and Nigeria.”
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In his efforts to make Oyo State greater and to bring about the Nigeria of everyone’s collective dream, Kabiesi never spared anything.
Kabiyesi’s death is a great loss to me personally, because he proved to be a deserving father and a staunch supporter of our government.
His words of wisdom and counsel were always wise and beneficial.
“I pray that God accepts Kabiyesi’s soul into Aljanah Firdaus and that God protects everyone and everything he left behind.” Iku Baba Yeye, good night!”
Here are eight highlights from Adeyemi’s life.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Date of Birth
Oba Adeyemi was born on October 15, 1938, into the Alowolodu Royal House and was a member of the House of Oranmiyan. Iku baba yeye, whose mother, Ibironke, died when he was young, was the son of the late Raji Adeniran Adeyemi who became Alaafin in 1945.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi a King at 31
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III ascended the throne of Alaafin in 1970 at the young age of 31 shortly after the end of the civil war. He became the king when Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo was the military governor of Oyo State.
One notable attribute of the late king was his love for boxing, a ‘skill’ he had dramatically displayed in public. He was said to be a boxer before ascending the throne.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Performed Hajj in 1975
In 1975, the then head of state, General Murtala Muhammed included Oba Adeyemi in his entourage to hajj. In 1990, General Ibrahim Babangida appointed him Amir-ul-Hajj in recognition of his commitment to the consolidation of Islam in Nigeria.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as UDUS Chancellor
The late king was the chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University in Sokoto from 1980 to 1992.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as Chairman Council of Obas
Alaafin was the permanent Chairman of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State until May 3, 2011, when former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala (now late) announced that the state government had passed a law that introduced rotation of the Office of Chairman between the Alaafin and two other kings in the state – the Olubadan of Ibadanland and the Soun of Ogbomoso.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Married 13 wives
Adeyemi had 13 wives, the senior among them being Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, and usually attended most events with her or with one of the 12 junior wives.
His other wives include Ayaba Rahmat Adedayo Adeyemi, Ayaba Mujidat Adeyemi, Ayaba Rukayat Adeyemi, Ayaba Folashade Adeyemi, Ayaba Badirat Ajoke Adeyemi, Ayaba Memunat Omowunmi Adeyemi, Ayaba Omobolanle Adeyemi, Ayaba Moji Adeyemi, Ayaba Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, And Ayaba Damilola Adeyemi.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Father to over 20 children
Alaafin is succeeded by more than 20 children and grandchildren.
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