Asiwaju Bola Tinubu: An Iroko has fallen.
A former governor of Lagos state and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has described the late Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III as a big Iroko tree. Stating that the big Iroko tree has fallen. Tinubu added that he is saddened by the transition of the royal father also known as the Iku Baba Yeye.
The national leader of the ruling party in Nigeria has joined many Nigerians at home and to mourn the late Alaafin of Oyo.
Bola Tinubu also described the late Alaafin as a bold and courageous leader who sought the development of his people and Nigerians as a whole.
According to Tinubu, the black race has lost a titan who would also be solely missed by all and sundry.
Tinubu said in a statement provided to Legit.ng that after rising to the royal throne at the age of 31, Alaafin became one of the most important and well-respected traditional rulers in Yorubaland, Nigeria, and indeed Africa and beyond.
He went on to say that the late Alaafin promoted peace, prosperity, and progress in the ancient Oyo Kingdom, and that he was well-liked by his people.
Tinubu observed that Oba Adeyemi III was the longest-reigning Alaafin in the Oyo Kingdom’s history, having reigned for 52 years.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Condolences Message
With his transition, a big Iroko has fallen. His passing was an auspicious era in the ancient Oyo Kingdom, but also for the Yoruba and the entirety of the black race.
“An elder statesman and patriot, Alaafin Adeyemi was bold and courageous. He spoke truth to power. His interventions in national affairs helped the nation navigate difficult moments and helped usher in a more just society.” “He played vital roles in the struggle for democracy, working assiduously towards the establishment of our democracy.”
“I had an abiding personal relationship with Alaafin whom I deeply respected. Mentor, leader and father figure, I visited Kabiyesi in February his palace in Oyo to seek his prayers and blessings which he graciously gave, little did I know it was the last time we would see each other face to face.”
I commensurate with the Oyomesi, the chiefs and the people of the Oyo kingdom. My condolences also to Governor Seyi Makinde and the people of Oyo State, and indeed the entire nation over the demise of this eminent traditional ruler. The black race has lost a titan who will be sorely missed.” “I pray that his family, Oyo Kingdom, the Yoruba race and indeed all Nigerians find consolation and strength in that we must now dedicate ourselves to living up to the ideals for which Alaafin stood.”