The Oyo State Government has defined why two first-class monarchs, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, couldn’t enter the Lekan Salami Stadium Complex in the course of the official commissioning of the newly remodelled stadium on Wednesday night.
The state authorities, in a press release by Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, mentioned that the 2 foremost royal fathers have been too vital to the state authorities to be prevented from attending the occasion, to which that they had been duly invited.
According to the assertion issued on Thursday, the lack of the monarchs to realize entry into the primary bowl was due to the massive enthusiastic crowd that swarmed on the stadium and obstructed the motion of the monarchs’ convoys to the designated VVIP Drop Off zone, which was the simplest channel to their reserved seats.
“What happened was that security operatives advised that the drivers of the revered monarchs make their way through another gate since their convoys were unable to access the VVIP Drop off Zone from the gate they entered through.
“From the VVIP Drop Off Zone, it would be easy for the monarchs to access the VVIP box without meandering through the stairs, as that would have unduly stressed them given their age.” the assertion mentioned.
It added that seats of the monarchs have been already reserved and that the federal government valued their presence, saying, “It is unthinkable that some individuals would try to create a wedge between the palaces of the respective monarchs and the state government, which holds them in high esteem.”
The assertion famous that every one different monarchs who have been contained in the VVIP field together with the Olugbon of Ile Igbon, Aseyin of Iseyin, the Okere of Saki, the Olu of Igboora have been effectively acknowledged, stating that “this was evidence that the government places a huge premium of respect on the stools of our forebears as occupied by the Kabiyesis.
“His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde wishes to categorically state that the Alaafin and the Olubadan were well-expected at the event and that their seats were reserved.
“The government frowns on reports indicating that the convoys of the revered monarchs were not treated accordingly and would take appropriate steps to correct any untoward indication,” the assertion added.
SaharaReporters had reported on Wednesday that the Assistant Director of Media and Communications to Olubadan, Yanju Adegboyega, mentioned on Wednesday that it was annoying for safety operatives to cease the monarchs.
Adegboyega mentioned, “We were prevented from entry at the stadium. The DSS and bouncers did not allow us to enter. Olubadan had no option than to leave, the Aseyin also followed us.”