By Folasade Oduwale
IBADAN – As the drums are rolled out in celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the coronation of the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olanrewaju Adeyemi 111, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has described the Alafin of Oyo Kingdom as a unifier and custodian of a rich cultural value.
Mr. Dare in his statement said, “On behalf of the good people of Oyo State and Nigerians at large, I felicitate with his Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olanrewaju Adeyemi 111 on the special occasion of your 50th year Coronation.
“Your reign has not only brought stability, progress and developmen, but it has fostered unity, love and hope in Oyo State and Nigeria in general. Your fatherly role, wisdom and peaceful disposition has been quite inspiring in the last 50 years of your reign. You are not just a custodian of our rich cultural values and tradition, but a lover of humanity and consummate sportsman.”
Mr Sunday Dare stated further, “Your life is indeed very exemplary not only to the old generation, but to the Youth who have alot to learn from your life of selfless service.
“As you continue to lead the people of our Great Kingdom, May God bless and sustain you in good health.”
Oba Adeyemi emerged as the Alafin in 1970, but was corononated on the 14th January, 14, 1971 by the Military Administrator of General Adeyinka Adebayo.
Born on October 15, 1938, the Alafin remains one of the longest reigning monarchs in Yorubaland.