Oyo state has been a notable figure among its peers in the Southern part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – South-West. A state full of Yoruba cultures and traditions. Yoruba history is never complete, and will never be recognised if Oyo state is not inclusive. The scared throne of Alaafin, the democratic process of Ibadan ruling on ascendancy to the throne of Olubadan; and the systematic style of governance of Ogbomoso led by its King, Soun of Ogbomoso. All these would always be placed in the relics. As a matter of fact, Yoruba’s humongous political institutions reside in Oyo state apart from Ife.
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Alaafin has been a major rejoinder of Yoruba culture and the real progeny of Oranmiyan– the last son of Okanbi, and a grandson of Oduduwa according to history. In the same manner, Olubadan’s prominence regarding the “Old style of governance in Yorubaland”, can never be lessened to anything, likewise, the crucial sacredness put on Soun of Ogbomoso’s throne – the ruggedness and brave act that is always put into an exhibition.
However, the recent months have been dark and sorrowful, for the Oyo state government and its people. These traditional institutions’ relevance has been in total disarray. Death has been the major actor eliminating the controllers of these institutions – the Obas have been submitted excessively to the ineffable powers of death. Like the hen mourns the demise of its chicks by making relatable sounds of discomfort and anguish, the cacophonic sounds can be actively heard in Oyo state.
From 13th December 2021 to the present day – 23rd, April 2022; the state has lost three prominent rulers who were controllers in the political and traditional space.
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THE DEATH OF SOUN OGBOMOSO, OBA JIMOH AJAGUNGBADE
On 13th December 2021, the demise of Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Ajagungbade, was announced. Prior to his death, a fire incident was reported to have happened in the palace which saw to the visitation of the Governor of the state, Governor Seyi Makinde who donated millions of naira to the palace basically for the reconstruction of the affected parts of the palace. Some months after the fire incident, the death of the 95-year-old King was declared openly.
Oba Jimoh ascended the throne of his father on October 24, 1973, years after the Nigerian Civil war – Biafra, the agitation for secession that was militarily led by Yakubu Gowon’s mate, Ojukwu.
Oba Jimoh used 48years on the throne; he was one of the longest-serving rulers in Yorubaland and was the 16th Soun of Ogbomoso It should be noted that the demise of Oba Jimoh was painful because of his advocacy for public education in the Nigerian system.
THE DEATH OF OLUBADAN, OBA SOLIU ADETUNJI; AJE OGUNGUNISO 1
Oba Soliu Adetunji was enthroned by the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi as the 41st Olubadan on 4th March 2016. He was articulate, sage and intellectually suave due to his agitation against the government that enthroned him.
Senator Abiola Ajimobi was actively ready to change the Kingship system in Ibadan by heightening chiefs who are the Olubadan in Council to the status of Oba in their different compounds, towns and villages in Ibadan. The Olubadan ascendancy to the throne has a lot of respect due to the obvious and constitutional lucidity that surrounds it.
Oba Jimoh put it out clearly to the late Governor not to engage in such as it would disrupt the cultures and traditions met on the ground. However, his death came as a rude shock to Ibadan indigenes and Oyo State at large when the news came on board. He passed away at 93 years of age on 2nd January 2022.
However, the new Olubadan was installed by Governor Seyi Makinde. The new Olubadan in Council is Senator Lekan Balogun who was the former Otun Olubadan before ascending the throne due to the rulings.
THE DEATH OF ALAAFIN, HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY; OBA LAMIDI ATANDA ADEYEMI
Alaafin’s death came in as an August visitor nobody was expecting. The top monarch, Alaafin Adeyemi was one of the longest-serving famous traditional rulers in the South West, and the chairman of the Oyo State Council of Chiefs and Obas.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi was reported to have died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, in South-West Nigeria.
The Alaafin of Oyo just celebrated his 52nd anniversary on the throne, around November 2021. This was socially celebrated by one of his sons, Prince Akeem Adeyemi popularly known as “Skimeh.”
As a serving member of Oyo Federal Constituency, Akeem Adeyemi constructed some classrooms and also launched some boreholes in other to commemorate the celebration of the 52years on the throne.
The Alaafin Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi was popularly known for his great historical knowledge of Yoruba cultures and traditions, as a matter of fact, he is regarded as the “custodian of Yoruba culture.” He died on 22nd April 2022 at 83years of Age.
In the due time, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde is expected to make an official statement announcing the death of the top monarch and the chairman of the Oyo State Council of Chiefs and Obas.
Lastly, all the top Obas of Oyo State ranging from Alaafin Oyo, Olubadan and Soun Ogbomoso died in the space of five months. Soun died on 13th December 2021; Olubadan died on January 2nd, 2022; while Alaafin’s death is the latest which happened on April 22nd, 2022. During these 5 months, the state also lost its former Governor, Otunba Alao Akala
From December 2021 to April 2022, Oyo state had been wrapped with the darkest cloud that was never expected in the atmosphere.