From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said on Saturday that the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III was concerned about Nigeria’s development policy.
He made the revelation when he paid a condolence visit to Oyo town of Oyo State to sympathize with the Oyomesi (Kingmakers) and the bereaved royal family following the death of the first traditional ruler. class, which occurred on Friday April 22 at the age of 83 and after having reigned for 52 years.
The visit coincided with the eight-day interfaith prayer for the late monarch held at Oke-Afin in Oyo City.
“We had a long discussion before his disappearance. Baba told me that the Yoruba race should not be left behind and we should continue to be in the politics of development, merit, honesty and progress of the country,” Tinubu said.
“In fact, Alaafin didn’t hate anyone. He associated with everyone and accommodated everyone. He was very kind and generous. He will be missed and his memory will be eternal.
Commissioner for Local Government and State Chieftaincy, Chief Bayo Lawal, who spoke on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde, said a new Alaafin would emerge soon, adding that people should be patient as due process must be followed.
“People are eager to see the next king. But we have to follow due process. We promise not to compromise, and another Alaafin will come in due time,” he said.
Religious leaders who delivered sermons in Islamic and Christian ways during the program, urged the kingmakers to follow the path of peace, not bags of money during the process of selecting the new king. They declared that peace must continue to reign in the city of Oyo and in Yorubaland in general.