Gbajabiamila’s Installation as Aare Baasofin at Alaafin’s Palace Suspended

The appointment of Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the Aare Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme Lawmaker of Yorubaland) has been put on hold.

Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

The event had been scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2022, but was postponed due to the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, according to Lasisi.

According to the PUNCH, Alaafin died 35 days before Gbajabiamila’s chieftaincy conferment ceremony, which was part of the lawmaker’s 60th birthday celebrations.

In September 2021, the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, bestowed upon Gbajabiamila the ancient title of Aare Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme Lawmaker of Yorubaland).

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The installation is set to take place on Friday, May 27, 2022, according to an online invitation card, with Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress’ presidential hopeful, designated as the Chairman of the event.

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, was also announced as the Royal Father of the Day, while Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and K1 De Ultimate were announced as the event’s musicians.

Lasisi in the statement explained that the monarch died before the distribution of invitation cards for the event.

The statement read, “You will recall that his Royal Highness, the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III communicated the conferment of the title of Aare Baasofin of Yoruba Land to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila through an appointment letter dated September 7, 2021, and presented to the Speaker on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the National Assembly, Abuja, by members of the Oyomesi Council led by the Bashorun of Oyo Kingdom, High Chief Olayinka Ayoola, who is the traditional Prime Minister of Oyo Kingdom and Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu.

“Upon which the Speaker, in turn, accepted the appointment with gratitude to God. However, due to the tight work schedule of the Speaker, the Chieftaincy ceremony could not hold throughout 2021, until this year when the date of May 27, 2022, was agreed with the palace but as God in his majesty will have it the revered monarch passed on Friday night before the distribution of Invitation cards for the event (May Allah grant him Aljanah Firdaus).

“Naturally, the event can no longer hold as the Speaker, the entire Yoruba race, Nigerians home and abroad mourn the demise of the widely respected Monarch.”

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