Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti State, has disclosed that he had a fruitful meeting with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, over the current imbroglio between the Ekiti State government and some traditional rulers in the state.
Oba Adeyemi had, following a query issued to 11 monarchs called PeluPelu Obas last week by the state government, written a letter to the governor dated March 12, 2020, warning the governor against treating the traditional institution in Yorubaland with levity.
Alaafin had said that unlike, in some tribes, where there was nothing attached to their traditional institutions, the Yoruba traditional institution was “ancestral and spiritual.”
The affected Obas include Ewi of Ado-Ekiti Oba Rufus Adejugbe; Oloye of Oye Oba Oluwole Ademolaju; Elekole of Ikole Oba Adewumi Fasiku; Elemure of Emure Oba Emmanuel Ogunleye; Ajero of Ijero Oba Joseph Adewole; Alara of Aramoko, Oba Adegoke Adeyemi.
Others are: Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adejimi; Olomuo of Omuo, Oba Noah Omonigbehin; Alaaye of Efon, Oba Emmanuel Aladejare; Ologotun of Oguntun, Oba Samuel Oyebade and Olujudo of Ido-Faboro, Oba Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro.
Fayemi on Sunday visited the revered monarch at his Ibadan, Oyo State capital residence and had a closed meeting for about an hour.
Speaking with journalists on Sunday, the Chief Press Secretary to Fayemi, Yinka Oyebode, said the governor’s visit was as a result of his respect for the culture and tradition of the Yoruba.
Oyebode said, “The governor paid a visit to Kabiyesi, the Alaafin of Oyo, so that he could explain the situation of things regarding the traditional institution in Ekiti State to him in a meeting rather than writing a letter; it is a matter of courtesy.
“They had a fruitful discussion on the matter. What happened is a follow- up to the letter written by the Alaafin. The governor said it was important for him to meet the Kabiyesi.
“The visit was to shed light on some fundamental issues raised by the royal father in the letter; to accord him the deserved respect and to explain things.
“As someone who has respect for our culture as well as our traditional institution, Governor Kayode Fayemi felt that it would be better to go to the Alaafin of Oyo and explain things to him as a father to son.”
Oyebode, who described the visit as rewarding, said, “You will recall that the Kabiyesi wrote the governor on the traditional institution in Ekiti State. The governor, being a man of culture and a respectable Yoruba man, went to explain things. It was an exchange of views between a father and a son.”