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Oyo To Install Gbajabiamila As Aare Baasofin

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Oyo town is set to install the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the Aare Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme Lawmaker of Yorubaland).

Recall that Oyo suspended the installation of Gbajabiamila following the death of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

The Oyomesi led by the traditional Prime Minister of Oyo, High Chief Olayinka Ayoola on Sunday confirmed that the installation would continue.

The installation is expected to take place on May 27, 2022, as part of the activities to mark Gbajabiamila’s 60th birthday.

The installation was confirmed during Gbajabiamila’s condolence visit to the palace royal family and the people of Oyo on Sunday.

Oyomesi noted that the installation of Gbajabiamila as Baasofin of Yoruba land will be fulfilled by the chiefs and the next Alaafin.

One of late Alaafin’s children, Prince Akeem Adeyemi, while addressing Gbajabiamila, revealed why late Oba Adeyemi conferred the chieftaincy title on the lawmaker.

He said, “The Alaafin asked, ‘Since democracy started in Nigeria, who from Yoruba land has been outstanding in the National Assembly? Which lawmaker from Yoruba has the highest number of bills? Which one has moved the highest number of motions? Which one has the best legislative performance?

“The person who has ticked all these boxes is Femi Gbajabiamila…As the Alaafin has said, so it is. This is the Aare Baasofin.”