The chieftaincy ceremony of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been suspended due to the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
Gbajabiamila was billed to be installed as the Aare Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme Lawmaker of Yorubaland) on Friday, May 27, 2022, as seen in an invitation card seen by this publication.
The late Alaafin of Oyo had conferred Gbajabiamila with the traditional title in September 2021.
However, in a statement released on Sunday by Gbajabiamila's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the event will be postponed in honour of the late monarch who passed away 35 days to Gbajabiamila’s conferment ceremony.
The ceremony was lined up as part of activities to mark the lawmaker’s 60th birthday.
As seen in the invitation card of the event that surfaced online, the All Progressives Congress’ presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, was named as the Chairman of the occasion.
Accordingly, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, was named the Royal Father of the Day.
Veteran music icons, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and K1 De Ultimate were been named as musicians to entertain guests at the event.
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.”