No Other Oba Can Give Out Yoruba Chieftaincy Titles Except Me – Alaafin.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, has said that only he has the authority to bestow chieftaincy titles across Yoruba country on deserving individuals.
At his palace over the weekend, the monarch bestowed the titles of Ayedero of Yorubaland and Atobaase of Yorubaland on Hon. Shina Peller and Dr. Babajide Agunbiade, respectively.
Peller represents the lseyin/ltesiwaju/Kajola/lwajowa constituency in the House of Representatives, whereas Agunbiade is an oil engineer residing in the United States.
Both Yoruba sons, according to Oba Adeyemi, are deserving of the titles because they have excelled in their chosen fields.
In his words: “As I have always made known at every occasion and event such as this one, our pride as Yoruba is in our intrinsic traditions and cultural heritage.
“Yoruba as a race or nation evolved a superb constitution which though unwritten but is daintily and unequivocally observed by strong convention
“A traditional ruler cannot, therefore, afford to be despotic without dire consequences. He, therefore, must rule within honourable norms of our traditions.
“The Alaafin from time immemorial is the king and head of the Yoruba nation. He is the only king in Yoruba land who can confer chieftaincy title to a worthy individual, man or woman, to cover the whole of Yoruba land. In exercise of this right, successive Alaafin of Oyo had been guided by due process in the appointment of Yoruba to chieftaincies that cover the whole of Yoruba land.”
He stated that the honorees were recognized Yoruba sons who had been entrusted with the mantles of carrying the Yoruba race’s cultural heritage in a worthy manner.