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No spiritual incantation, concoctions can curb cancer – Alaafin

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi lll says no amount of spiritual incantation or use of concoctions can curb cancer.

Adeyemi said this in his palace when Mrs Betty Akeredolu, Wife of Ondo State Governor, led members of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) on a courtesy visit.

The visit was to thank him for the enormous support given to the BRECAN members in Oyo state during the 2020 World Cancer Day celebration.

“No amount of spiritual incantation, concoctions or climbing of Prayer Mountains that can curb it except periodical medical check-ups and self-examination which will go a long way in reducing the mortality rate.”

He assured Mrs Akeredolu of his continuous support to fight breast cancer through consistent and aggressive awareness.

The monarch described Mrs Akeredolu as a frontline patriot, visionary and intelligent mobiliser against all forms of cancer diseases.

Adeyemi said his sister is a victim of the disease and is still receiving treatment at University College Hospital Ibadan.

“She survived it through early detection and prompt medical approach,” the monarch said.

He promised to use his position to create more awareness for people to appreciate that “breast cancer is not a deadly disease if well managed medically at early stage.”

He also assured BRECAN of continued support to drive their vision and mission.

Earlier, Mrs Akeredolu, who founded BRECAN, commended the monarch for the warm reception accorded her team and for his consistent support, especially during the 2020 World Cancer Day Celebration.

The governor’s wife said she was impressed with how the monarch showed genuine commitment in the fight against breast cancer.

According to her, “with the strong message and consistent one indeed, we will be able to convince our people that breast cancer is not a death sentence.

“And with the imperial majesty position, we will use him in breast cancer advocacy in the country.

“We BRECAN members will come back to this palace in no distance time to formally present to you “Breast Cancer Ambassador’’ title in recognition of your enormous effort against the disease.

Edited By: Ebere Agozie/Maharazu Ahmed

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Cede LAUTECH to one state, Alaafin counsels Oyo, Osun govts

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has suggested that Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, be ceded to either Oyo or Osun as solution to the lingering crisis between the two owner states.

The foremost Yoruba traditional ruler gave the advice on Tuesday when he received members of the new  executive of Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Oyo town.The Nigeria News Agency reports that Oyo State NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola, led members of the new executive on a courtesy visit to the Alaafin in his palace.

Oba Adeyemi said that the lingering crisis would continue unabated unless the two states reached a compromise on a lasting solution to the problem.

“On LAUTECH, is it possible for two men to marry one woman at the same time without problem? No. The two states will have to sit down together and adopt the necessary solution.

“These are two states with different educational policies and political affiliation. The best way to resolve this crisis is to cede the institution to one of the states,” he said.

Oba Adeyemi attributed the impasse between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to a disconnect between the duo, urging them to honour every agreement reached.

“The problem of the Federal Government and ASUU has to do with disconnect between the duo. It is good that the two parties always honour whatever agreement reached to avoid unnecessary crisis,” he said.

The monarch noted that for democracy to thrive in the country, political and traditional leaders at all level must be able to stand criticism.

According to the paramount ruler, most leaders in Nigeria do not like criticism, describing it as very unfortunate for democratic development in the country.

“Our leaders, either political or traditional must be able to take criticism if we really want democracy to thrive in Nigeria. There is no country in the world running the type of constitution we are running in Nigeria.

“When people criticize me, I sit down and think if what they are critisising me for is true or false, and I adjust,” he said.

The monarch lauded the contributions of journalists to national growth and development in spite of the dangers attached to the profession.

Oba Adeyemi said that the media as the fourth estate of the realm had made tremendous impact in moving the country forward.

“I have also benefited and made name through the media. I am aware of what you face in the course of discharging your duty. Many journalists have been castigated and even detained,” Alaafin said.

Earlier, Babalola thanked the monarch for his support towards upholding the image of Yoruba nation, describing him as a monarch of note in the country.

“There is no journalist in Oyo State that has not passed through this palace at one time or the other for story or research. The fatherly role you have been giving to journalists in the last few decades is much appreciated,” he said.

Babalola pointed out that the purpose of the courtesy visit was to inform the monarch of activities lined up to celebrate the 100 days in office of the new Oyo NUJ executives

“We decided to pay royal homage to the Alaafin in appreciation of his support to the union, and to receive royal blessing upon the programmes lined up for the celebration of the 100 days in office of the new NUJ executives.

“We were elected on Dec. 18, 2019, and we will be celebrating our 100 days in office in the next ten days. We thank the Alaafin for providing the kind of leadership Nigeria needs, particularly for the Yoruba Nation,” Babalola said.

The state NUJ chairman said that some traditional rulers in Yoruba land had been relegated to the background, but Alaafin had sustained the place of the Yoruba traditional institution in the country.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Wale Ojetimi
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AIG visits Alaafin, Soun, Olubadan, seeks support to tackle crime

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  Bashir Makama, the newly posted Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in-charge of Zone XI, on Monday visited the Olubadan of Ibadan, the Alaafin of Oyo and the Soun of Ogbomoso to seek for support of the  traditional rulers to curb crime.

Makama, who visited the palaces of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Alaafin of Oyo ,Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Soun of Ogbomosoland ,Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, said the police needed the support of the people at the grassroots to fight crime in the country.

Makama said Nigeria and her citizens needed peace, adding that securing the country had gone beyond the police knowing it all.

“The people at the grassroots, community leaders and respected members of the community are those we need to take the strategy of community policing for us to achieve success in fighting crimes.

“We need people at the grassroots to fight crimes so that people can sleep with their eyes closed and we cannot do it without the cooperation of traditional rulers,” Makama said.

The three traditional rulers, in  their seperate remarks,  pledged their commitment to providing useful information that would help the police to tackle all forms of crimes.

The Alaafin of Oyo said that his domain had been partnering with the police for years to provide security for the people.

Adeyemi said that any government determined to succeed must have  a robust security network to nip crime in the bud.

He commended the police in the state for their efforts in tackling crimes in the state.

On his part, the Olubadan of Ibadanland said the palace had constantly been liasing with the police and providing information on suspicious movements in the society.

The Soun of Ogbomosoland said the state was peaceful due to  the efforts of the police in the state.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo)
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Lai Mohammed, Aregbesola honour Alaafin, Ayinde in Oyo

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19 Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture as well as his Interior counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to honour him on his 49th coronation anniversary.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ministers in company with Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to the Vice President on Political Matters, arrived the monarch’s palace in Oyo town on Monday.

NAN also reports that the monarch, as part of activities marking his 49th coronation anniversary, also installed renowned Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde, popularly known as KWAM 1, as Mayegun of Yorubaland.

Adeyemi, one of the Africa’s most powerful and influential traditional rulers, was crowned on Jan. 14, 1971.

The ministers, in separate interviews after a closed door meeting with the Alaafin, told newsmen that they were in Oyo to honour both the monarch and Ayinde.

Mohammed, in particular, said that he was in Oyo on a combined mission of honouring the duo of the Alaafin and Ayinde as well as to promote the cultural values of the country.

“We are here to honour the Alaafin and an icon in Nigerian music. As you know, I am the minister in-charge of culture, I have another role to play.

“I am here to honour a friend and to beam the light on the cultural values of our country,” he said.

Aregbesola, on his part, said that he was in Oyo to be part of the 49th ascension anniversary of the Alaafin and to rejoice with his friend, Ayinde.

“I am here to be part of the 49th anniversary of Alaafin’s ascension to the throne and equally rejoice with my friend, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall,” he said.

Ojudu said that he was in Oyo to honour the monarch and Ayinde on the instruction of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“You know what Kabiyesi is doing today is honouring Yoruba culture. The musicians and theatre practitioners, as custodians of culture, tells stories of yesterday, today and project that of today.

“Nobody has honoured any harbinger of culture in our society. Today is the first, somebody who upholds our culture and takes it around the world is being honoured.

“It is very important. That is why the Vice President asked me to be here,” he said.

NAN reports that the event was attended by traditional rulers from Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States, theatre practitioners and other dignitaries.

(Edited by: Bola Akingbehin/Mufutau Ojo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Akesan inferno: Oyo APC visits Alaafin, seeks FG intervention

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A delegation of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Oyo State has visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to commiserate with him over the recent fire disaster which ravaged the popular Akesan market in the ancient town.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the party’s State Executive Committee led by its Chairman,  Chief Akin Oke, had visited the monarch on Thursday in Oyo.

NAN reports that the APC team was received by the monarch, Oyomesis, Oyo High Chiefs, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu as well as notable traditional rulers from Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa areas of the state.

Oke, who expressed sadness over the magnitude of economic losses caused by the disaster, described it as one too many.

The APC chairman said that the party’s representatives were working seriously to facilitate necessary intervention from the Federal Government, adding they would have reasons to smile soon.

“Kabiyesi, we woke up to receive the piece of information on the unfortunate fire outbreak in the early hours of last Saturday through the social media platforms.

“It was as if the whole of Oyo State was on fire. Sad enough, efforts to mobilise support to stop the inferno could not yield the desired results as lives, properties and other resources were lost in the process,” he said.

He said that Akesan market, just like Oyo Alaafin, was a heritage of the Yoruba, adding that its significance extended beyond the value it added to the nation’s economy.

” Any unpleasant happening such as this is not desirable. As a progressive party which draws a great percentage of its inspiration from the institution of Alaafin of Oyo, we are particularly saddened by this development.

“We sympathise with Kabiyesi, the Oyomesi, all victims of the fire incident as well as all sons and daughters of Yorubaland.

‘I am using this opportunity to inform our people that our representatives in Abuja are working seriously to facilitate necessary intervention from the Federal Government and soonest, we shall have good reasons to smile,” he said.

Oke called for concerted efforts on the part of key stakeholders to ensure swift and appropriate response as it concerned prevention and management of avoidable disasters.

He prayed God to prevent future occurrence and provide lasting succour to all the victims, including the family members of those who lost their lives.

In his response, the Alaafin thanked the leadership of Oyo APC for the visit.

The monarch went down memory lane to explain the historical background of the burnt market, saying the market had never suffered such fate.

He called for a return of the management of significant monuments such as Akesan Market to the palace.

(Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)

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Fire disasters: ZLP, ADC leaders commiserate with Alaafin, victims

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Alhaji Sharafadeen Alli, the Oyo State Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections and Mr Aderemi Oseni, ADC Southwest Coordinator, have commiserated with the victims of the recent fire disasters in the state.

The duo, in separate statements made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday, also commiserated with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, over the incident.

NAN recalls that the state had, in the last few days, witnessed repeated inferno at various sections of the state, which claimed lives and property worth millions of naira.

The inferno had occurred in quick succession at Molete, Iyaganku and Oyo town.

They rued the lives lost to the inferno and the multimillion naira investments that went with the flame.

“I commiserate with my father, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, over the disaster in the ancient Akesan market and indeed, all our people who lost their investments to the raging inferno.

“My prayer is that God will console the victims of other disasters, which had occurred in the last few days.

“These were sad occurrences, and I besiege God to grant the families of the departed the fortitude to bear their irreplaceable losses,” Alli said.

He prayed God to be with the monarch and grant him renewed strength, as succours were being provided to all the affected victims.

Oseni, in his own statement, said he received, with utter dismay, the news of the inferno that gutted the ancient Akesan market in Oyo town.

“This ugly incident, coming at the beginning of the new year, calls for utmost soberness and appropriate attention from everyone, both government and individuals. Its effect, to say the least, is devastating.

“We commiserate with the Alaafin of Oyo and the entire people of Oyo town on this unfortunate incident. May the Almighty, His infinite mercy, bring succour to the affected people,” he said.

While also commiserating with the Oyo State Government, Oseni implored Gov. Seyi Makinde to holistically assess the state fire service stations and other apparatus responsible for managing emergency disasters.

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Oyo State inferno: Gov. Akeredolu identifies with Gov. Makinde, Alaafin

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, has sympathised with his Oyo State counterpart, Mr Seyi Makinde, on the two fire incidents that ravaged Akesan Market, Oyo and Iyagankun furniture market, Ibadan.

Akeredolu, on Monday in a letter made available to newsmen and signed by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale in Akure, also commiserated with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, particularly on the Akesan incident.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the fire ravaged Akesan market in Oyo town in the early hours of Sunday and Iyagankun furniture market was also destroyed by fire on the same day.

Akeredolu, who described the fire disasters as devastating and shocking, also sympathised with the people, especially the victims of the fire incidents.

Akeredolu expressed sadness that the two unfortunate incidents had thrown hundreds of families out of business.

The governor said that the fire must have caused colossal loss to the economy of Oyo State.

He, therefore, prayed that God would comfort the affected families and grant the souls of the departed eternal rest.

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Alaafin of Oyo advocates law to address herdsmen/farmers clashes

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday urged the Federal Government to enact a law that would stop herdsmen and farmers’ clashes to avoid scarcity of foods in the country.

Adeyemi made the plea in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of a courtesy call on him in Oyo by a delegation of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica), Nigerian Chapter.

“I have articulated this problem in the letter I wrote to  President Muhammadu Buhari.

“If the situation is not controlled, there is tendency for us to have scarcity of food because the farmers will not do their work in an atmosphere devoid of freedom.

“The people in the cities depend on the farmers and the farmers have abandoned their farms because some of the herdsmen are carrying guns.

“There is no need for them to carry guns (AK 47) in Yoruba land because people in Yoruba areas are not cattle rustlers; they don’t steal cattle but is very important that government takes a  holistic view to settle the matter,” the monarch said.

He claimed that some herdsmen molested some of the women due to the ammunition they were carrying, saying that after molesting them, they also killed their husbands.

“The herdsmen encroached the farm lands while their cattles destroy their farms.

“When farmers reacted, they started fighting them and before police could reach the place, they had killed a lot of farmers because they were armed.

“We have captured more than 14 herdsmen and handed them over to police and they are all facing court trials,” the first traditional ruler said.

Adeyemi said that they had dialogue in 14 local government councils in Oyo including the Fulanis, which he said could speak and understand Yoruba language.

The traditional ruler however noted that presently, there is peace in Oyo as a result of continuous dialogue with the Fulanis.

He therefore urged the federal government to look into the herdsmen/farmers’ crisis to avoid scarcity of food and for the protection of lives and property.

Adeyemi also pleaded that government should provide incentives for the traditional rulers to perform their statutory duties in their various domains. (NAN)
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Alaafin commends FG for closure of land borders

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday commended the Federal Government for closure of land borders to check smuggling.

Adeyemi made the commendation in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of a visit to his palace in Oyo by a delegation from the Nigerian Chapter of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica).

He, however, advised that government should ensure that genuine traders were not affected.

According to him,  government should have consulted far and wide and sought the views of people before making any policy statement and commencement of any enforcement.

“There are people who are honest traders, that are not smugglers. Now such people cannot do their business.

“If you go to Benin Republic and buy goods that you want to sell, even if it is legitimate trade before the border was banned,  the police will still be harassing them.

“There is no counter measure to know whether honest and genuine traders are being affected.

“The closure of border is a good thing if we can adequately feed ourselves at home and government puts necessary machinery into motion to see that  those cultivating rice have sufficient quantity for Nigerians before enforcing such policy,” the monarch said.

He said that government was generating trillions of revenue yearly from trade across the borders in the Southwest, but not all the revenues were accounted for.

The Alaafin, however, stressed that government’s action on the closure of land borders was a good policy to sanitise and put a stop to smuggling. (NAN).

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Why 8th NASS frustrated Magu’s appointment – Alaafin

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, says the Eighth National Assembly(NASS) frustrated the appointment of Mr Ibrahim Magu as substantive EFCC Chairman to cover the skeletons in their cupboards.

The monarch stated this on Thursday while receiving a delegation of EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, in his palace.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the EFCC delegation was led by the Head of the zonal office, Mr Friday Ebelo.

“The Eighth National Assembly tried; they did everything possible not to get Magu appointed. Why? It was because they had skeletons in their cupboards,” he said.

Adeyemi attested to the efficiency of EFCC under the leadership of Magu, adding that this is evident in the recent stories of recovered stolen funds in local and foreign currencies.

He commended the commission on its efforts, saying it deserves the cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians who desired a greater country.

“We must encourage you; we must support you and cooperate with you; otherwise, corruption will kill Nigeria.

“The fear of EFCC is leading some looters to several parts of the world. But you are after them. You are getting them. There is no hiding place for them.

“Through you, I want to commend Ibrahim Magu for a job well done,” he said.

The royal father described the institution of Alaafin as one that was dedicated to service to the people, saying every installed Alaafin had no private life.

“Once an Alaafin is appointed, he has very little private life of his own. He must live to serve the people. Omoluabi, the core values of Yoruba, is ingrained in this institution.

“It is our duty, as traditional rulers, to ensure that we teach our children the values and ethics of our system right from their young age so that they can imbibe them,” he said.

Adeyemi urged all traditional rulers across the country to vigorously promote the culture and tradition of the people among which are honesty and hard work.

Earlier, Ebelo told the monarch that the team’s visit was to solicit the support of the traditional institution in the anti-corruption campaign.

He said that the initiative was at the instance of the EFCC Chairman towards getting the message down to the grassroots in a more effective manner.

“The EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, is visiting the Alaafin of Oyo on behalf of EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to rally the traditional institution’s support in the fight against corruption and other issues cropping up in recent times.

“We now have cyber crimes and internet-related frauds in recent times which largely involved the youth,” he said.

Ebelo said that his team was in Oyo to intimate the monarch of the development and solicit his support so that he could use his exalted throne to get the message down to his subjects.

“It is our duty to work hard and ensure a society where we will be proud of our young ones. This is the kind of the enlightenment campaign the EFCC is embarking on aggressively.

“It is a fight that belongs to all of us. We are just in the forefront and we are privileged to be. We are the foot soldiers,” he said.

Ebelo assured the royal father that the EFCC acting Chairman would visit him personally very soon.

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