Ibadan – The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, on Saturday in ancient Oyo town declared that he was not ready to install another Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland during his lifetime.
Oba Adeyemi stated this as Chief Gani Adams was being installed as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland at a colourful ceremony, which took place at Durban Stadium, Oyo yesterday.
The monarch is the first Alaafin to install two holders of the prestigious traditional title of generalissimo of Yorubaland during his reign in about 558 years history of the title.
The Late billionaire businessman, MKO Abiola, who died in 1998, was the first Aare Ona Kakanfo installed by Oba Adeyemi in 1986, while Adams installed yesterday is the second holder of the title to emerge during the monarch’s reign.
Due to the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Late Samuel Ladoke Akintola and MKO Abiola, the 13th and 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo respectively, there was a myth among the Yoruba people that holders of the title are liable to die mysteriously.
But speaking at the installation ceremony yesterday, the Alaafin prayed that Adams will live long, and will be the last to be installed by him (Oba Adeyemi), saying “I do not pray to install another Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland during my reign again.”
Present at the ceremony are the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; the Deji of Akure and other prominent traditional rulers in Yorubaland, as well as Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, representatives of governors of Osun, Ogun, Lagos and Ondo states.
Others included former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala; former governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko; Senator Monsurat Sumonu; former Oyo State deputy governor, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi and several other prominent personalities from across Nigeria.
In his acceptance speech, the newly installed Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland stressed the need to erase all the myths associate with the title through documentaries on activities and lifetimes of past holders of the prestigious Yoruba traditional title.
Adams noted that the last two holders of the title had brought so much power and prestige to the office, that so much is now expected from him as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
He, however, promised to live up to expectations as the new holder of the title, saying “I am ready to offer myself for service once it is for the progress of Yorubaland.
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Author: Gbenga Abegunrin