The South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA’23) yesterday mourned the passage of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who joined his ancestors at the age of 83.
In a statement by its national chairman, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, and National Secretary, ‘Bosun Oladele, SWAGA’23 described the late monarch as an encyclopedia of Yoruba history and rallying-point for the advancement of the Yoruba race and unity of the nation.
The statement reads: “The entire membership of SWAGA’23 under the leadership of Senator Dayo Adeyeye will sorely miss the departed icon and legendary traditional ruler of Oyo Kingdom, His Imperial Majesty Iku Babayeye, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the 45th Alaafin of Oyo, whose transition was announced on Saturday April 22, 2022.
“Oba Adeyemi, being the longest serving Alaafin of Oyo, was a symbol of Yoruba culture and tradition. He was an encyclopedia of Yoruba history and displayed very rare ability for recollection and knowledge of Nigerian history, current affairs and global events.
“The late Alaafin had depth and very sound communication skills, hence there was never a dull moment in the palace during his reign and time.
“We in SWAGA’23 will forever cherish the moment we had with Oba Adeyemi when we visited the Oyo palace on December 14, 2020, to discuss the possibility of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency come 2023, particularly his express support for Asiwaju Tinubu’s presidential project and his prayers to God to make it a reality. We shall continue to hold on to his admonition that ‘our hands are on the plough, we must not look back’.”