The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, will be buried on Saturday (today), the ‘Oyo Mesi’ has announced.
Yusuf Ayoola, Chief of Oyo Mesi and Prime Minister of Oyo Kingdom, made the announcement during a briefing to reporters at the monarch’s palace.
“We called the Imam. Baba (Alaafin) will be buried today around 4 p.m.,” he said.
In the meantime, the necessary traditional rites of passage, which usually precede the burial of a traditional leader, had been carried out, the Television Channels the palace crew reported.
Alaafin Adeyemi, better known as ‘Iku Baba Yeye,’ died at Afe Babalola University Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State.
He was 83 when he died on Friday evening.
Alaafin Adeyemi, who served as the permanent chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, was reportedly ill and had to be sent abroad for treatment before joining his ancestors.
He was the third to ascend the throne from the ruling house of Alowolodu and ruled for 52 years, making him the longest serving traditional ruler of Oyo town.
The monarch was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938 and succeeded Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, as the new Alaafin on November 18, 1970.
He died months after the deaths of two other senior traditional rulers of the state – the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.
While Oba Olalekan Balogun has been crowned the 42nd Olubadan of the land of Ibadan, the people of Ogbomoso do not yet have a new traditional ruler.