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12 Oct 2016
After decade of animosity, Olubadan, Alaafin held historic meeting, preach unity
For the first time in almost a decade, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, held an historic meeting an action which the Alaafin said would strengthen unity among the Yoruba race.
The meeting took place at the palace of the Oba Adeyemi on Tuesday. The last Olubadan to visit the palace was the late Oba Yunusa Ogundipe, who ruled from 1999 to 2007.
Oba Adetunji said he decided to pay the Alaafin a visit because of the role he played during his installation and coronation as the Olubadan on March 4, 2016.
He said it was vital for Yoruba leaders to unite and move the people forward.
The Olubadan visited the Oyo palace with members of the Olubadan-in-council, other chiefs and prominent sons of Ibadanland.
Among the High Chiefs who accompanied the monarch on the visit were the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun; Balogun of Ibadan, Chief Owolabi Olakuleyin; Otun Balogun, Dr. Femi Olaife; Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Tajudeen Ajibola; Asipa Olubadan, Chief Eddy Oyewole; Agba-Akin Olubadan, Chief Lekan Alabi; and Ekerin Olubadan, Biodun Daisi.
Olubadan said, “I am here today to say thank you to the Alaafin of Oyo. I came to thank him for his support and for honouring me during my installation and coronation as the Olubadan of Ibadanland. Like the Yoruba would say, if someone gives thank for yesterday’s kindness, he would get another one, so, I am here to thank him so that I will be able to get more of such kind gestures.”
Speaking on the significance of the visit, Oba Adeyemi said it would go a long way to strengthen and uphold the cord of peace, unity and cooperation between the two monarchs, their subjects and cities.
While praising the ingenuity of Oba Adetunji, the Oyo monarch noted that the visit exemplified the kind of relationship that should exist between monarchs in Yorubaland, adding that both Oyo and Ibadan cities were unique because they were the foremost native and real speakers of Yoruba language
He said, “Aside from chieftaincy and kingship matter, a lot of people don’t know we (Alaafin Adeyemi and Olubadan Adetunji) are very close. We have known each other for a long time and we have been relating, even when he was still a high chief and a member of the Olubadan-in-Council.
“This is how we should be doing. Our relationship as Oyo and Ibadan can only get better. In our times, good things will continue to happen in Yoruba land.”