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I’m the only king qualified to confer titles covering Yorubaland, says Alaafin

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has said that as the head of all the Yoruba monarchs, he is the only one with the exclusive rights to confer chieftaincy titles that cover Yorubaland on deserving individuals.

The monarch stated this, at the weekend, when he conferred the titles of Atobaase and Ayedero of Yorubaland on Dr. Babajide Ademola Agunbiade and Shina Peller respectively in his palace.

He dismissed as baseless ranting from those who perhaps are thinking otherwise.

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The Alaafin, who described the two awardees as eminently qualified for the titles, having proved to be outstanding in their chosen career, said: “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 on a worthy individual, man or woman, to cover the whole of Yorubaland. In exercise of this right, successive Alaafin of Oyo has been guided by due process in the appointment of Yoruba to chieftaincies that cover the whole of Yorubaland.

“As I have always made it known at every occasion and event such as this one that our pride as Yoruba is in our intrinsic tradition and cultural heritage.

“Yoruba as a race or nation evolved a superb constitution, which though unwritten, is daintily and unequivocally observed by strong convention.

“The Yoruba chieftaincy institution is the pillar indeed, the bedrock of our system of government. A traditional ruler cannot, therefore, afford to be despotic without dire consequences. He, therefore, must rule within norms of our traditions.

“They are indigenes with impeccable characters. I took the decision to confer historical titles on them because of their contributions to the society and their outstanding representation in various industries and fields of endeavours.”

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