The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has explained why he cautioned Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti with respect to the query his government issued 16 obas in the state.
Oba Adeyemi said he had to intervene in the case of the obas because he is a custodian of Yoruba culture.
The Alaafin on March 12 wrote Fayemi on behalf ofOoni of Ife , Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Awujale of Ijebuland , Oba Sikiru Adetona ; and the Alake of Egbaland , Oba Gbadebo Adedotun, to warn him against disrespecting the traditional institution in Yorubaland.
” I wrote that letter because I am the Alaafin and my voice is the voice of the Yoruba . I am in the best position to guide and advise the government especially on matters affecting Yoruba culture and tradition. Alaafin is the supreme custodian of the culture and tradition.
“ Alaafin is duty bound to come in on any cultural matter that arises in Yorubaland . The Pelupelu arrangement in Ekiti State is an ancient system that empowers and gave class to 16 traditional rulers over other Obas in Ekitiland . The position and roles of the 16 Obas are sacrosanct.
“ The bone of contention is that any Oba outside the 16 cannot be chairman of traditional council in Ekiti State.
“We have to remind Governor Kayode Fayemi that the P elupelu system has to do with the traditional rulers arrangement of Ekiti. Considering the role that Ekiti played during the Kiriji War , they are not pushover . The 16 Obas are a strong force that the Yoruba people can count on.
“ Ekiti is the pride of the entire Yorubaland in many spheres , including education. In nearly every compound in Ekiti State , you will find a professor . My letter to Fayemi is a letter from father to his son , believing that he would understand the content of the letter and its objective.
“ Because Fayemi is an academic , he has a way of looking at the letter dispassionately, ” the first class oba said.