A planned chieftaincy title installation ceremony for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been put on hold till further notice.
Naija News understands that the lawmaker was to be installed as the Aare Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme Lawmaker of Yorubaland) in May 2022.
However, the installation event has been suspended following the demise of a top Yoruba monarch, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
Alaafin of Oyo had died on Friday night at the age of 83, Naija News reports.
Oba Adeyemi died after serving as Alaafin of Oyo for 52 years. The respected monarch has been mourned by top political and traditional rulers across the country, including the entire Yoruba race.
In this regard, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Gbajabiamila revealed in a statement on Sunday that the chieftaincy title conferment ceremony earlier scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2022, would no longer hold as planned.
Naija News recalls that Gbajabiamila was conferred with the traditional title of Aare Baasofin of Yorubaland by the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in September 2021.
An invitation card for the event had gone viral on the internet. The installation is slated to take place on Friday, May 27, 2022, with the All Progressives Congress’ presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, named as the Chairman of the occasion.
Also, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, was slated to be the Royal Father of the Day while Chief Commander, Ebenezer Obey and K1 De Ultimate have been named as the musicians to entertain guests at the event.
Lasisi, however, explained in the statement on Sunday, that invitation cards for the event had been sent out before the Alaafin of Oyo went to be with his ancestors.
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.”