Yoruba: Alaafin condemns installation of Yoruba Obas in diaspora

Monday, July 08, 2019

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi has condemned the practice of installation of Yoruba Oba in the diaspora. The Alaafin of Oyo seriously condemned the process of installing Yoruba Obas in the diaspora describing it as a “desecration of culture, customs and tradition of the Yoruba race”.

According to Oodua Progressive Union (O.P.U) – The Gambia Chapter, Alaafin made the statement in reaction to a letter written to him by the Mayegun of France who sought Alaafin’s approval for the appointment of a Yoruba monarch in France, European country.

The Alaafin, or Superior owner of all crowned kings and palaces worldwide in the Yoruba language said: “The challenge before us as keepers and custodians of our cherished tradition is to emphasise the monarchical structure of the Yoruba society. In a nutshell, the Yoruba system does not provide for honourary obaship. It is institutional just as it is tradition.”

Adeyemiurge urges other monarchs to speak with one voice in resisting any desecration of their cherished institution, urging them to “resist any temptation or sentiments for any kind of support for this mockery” based on profound reasons.

Alaafin without hesitation uphold the cherished customs of the Yoruba tradition: “In the Yoruba customs, the Obas are rulers over a homogeneous community, such as Ibadan, Oyo, Ijebu, Ijesha and Egba and many more. The Oba being proposed can only be heterogeneous of mixed Yoruba varieties”.

“As I raised my response to that letter of request, that will be material affluence or age – neither of which is acceptable to Yoruba tradition and custom”.

The Alaafin said also that: “To me, the request is as ridiculous as expecting the British citizen in France (diaspora) for whatever reasons to appoint a Queen or King in France. I deliberately chose that analogy between Yoruba and the British because we have common history of monarchy both in age and value. We should not allow any negative modernity take us back from our cherished values and customs”

“Let me appeal to all of us to raise various protest in whatever form we can adopt including the media to frustrate the emergence of any pseudo Oba in the Diaspora. They should content themselves with elected officers for their welfare and interest in the countries of their abode”

Oba Adeyemi explained that the proposal for a Yoruba Oba of France “as laudable as it sounds, leaves us with quite a number of questions begging for answers. It will be interesting to know the process through which the proposed candidate will emerge. Who are the kingmakers and through which process will they be appointed, selected or empaneled”

“For our information and careful consideration, kingmakers in Yoruba land have their respective dynasties or hereditary, The Yoruba authority system is a delicate balance system of inclusive and representative government. It is equally important to ask the central question about consenting authority for the appointment of the Yoruba Oba of France. Would the consenting authority be the president of France, who himself exercises power under a republican Order?”

“It will be equally interesting to know that the pattern or order of succession to the proposed stool of Yoruba Oba of France. How many ruling families are being proposed and what are the processes and procedures for their emergence? The Alaafin concluded.

The OPU Gambia chapter under the leadership of Aare Gani Adams, the 15th Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland, wholeheartedly endorses the wise decision of the Alaafin who is the supreme custodian of Yoruba traditional Obaship.

In relation to unanimous decision taking in Ile-Ife, The source where Oonirisa, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, played host to over 200 traditional kings, and ‘red card’ was issued for fake Yoruba Obas in Diaspora.

The call was made by the traditional leader during a visit to Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun in his country home, Iragbiji, Boripe local government area of the state.