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Aare Onakakanfo dispels insinuated rivalry with Alaafin


The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, has dispelled insinuated rivalry between his office and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, regarding installation of new chiefs carried out by both traditional leaders recently.

Specifically, the installation of a popular Fuji musician, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde, as Mayegun of Yorubaland by the Alaafin at about the same period Adams conferred similar title on the former National Secretary of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Kayode Ajulo, a lawyer, had been misconceived as unhealthy rivalry between both traditional leaders.

Adams, who spoke yesterday at the installation of 16 new chiefs drawn from different professions in Lagos, said there was no reason for comparison between the Aare Onakakanfo’s chieftains and that of the Alaafin of Oyo. He said that neither the Alaafin’s action nor his were done to compete with each other as there was no basis for such, saying: “The news was the plan of some mischief-makers that were doing everything possible to twist history and misinform the public.”

Adams said that the Alaafin is the only monarch with the pre-requisite power to appoint a chieftain representing the entire Yorubaland, adding that he was just doing his traditional roles as the generalissimo of Yorubaland. He said those appointed into the new Aare Onakakanfo Chiefs in Council were men and women of credible characters.They include Adegboyega Salvador as Otun Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Mr. Akinola Osuntokun as Ajagun-Nla Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and others.

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