The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has send strong warning to the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi against the degrading of Traditional Institution in Yorubaland.
The Alaafin warned that the traditional institution in Yorubaland is “ancestral and spiritual”, unlike other tribes where “nothing outside the mundane is attached to their traditional institution”
The Alaafin’s caution came after Governor Fayemi reportedly issued queries to sixteen monarchs in Ekiti for allegedly shunning state functions and monthly meetings of the Council of Traditional Rulers in the state.
The Alaafin issued the caution in a letter dated March 12, 2020, and signed by himself and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, alongside five other paramount traditional rulers in Yorubaland.
The Yoruba monarchs frowned at Fayemi’s “neglect of the hierarchical order by appointing a subordinate Oba as the Chairman of the Council of Obas in the State and above the recognized order.”
The governor’s action was said to have angered senior monarchs in the state who allegedly refused to attend council meetings where they would have to bow their heads to their subordinate.