The installation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the river Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme lawmaker of Yorubaland) has been suspended.
This was announced during a statement by the Special advisor on Media and publicity to the Speaker, Lanre Lasisi, on Sunday.
Lasisi said the event, that was planned to take place on Fri, May 27, 2022, was postponed over the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
The PUNCH had according that Alaafin died thirty five days to Gbajabiamila’s office bestowment ceremony, that was a part of activities to mark the lawmaker’s sixtieth birthday.
Gbajabiamila was given with the traditional title of aare Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme leader of Yorubaland) by the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in Sept 2021.
An invitation card of the event that surfaced on-line shows that the installation is slated to require place on Fri, May 27, 2022, with the All Progressives Congress’ presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, named because the Chairman of the occasion.
Also, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, was slated to be the Royal Father of the Day whereas Chief Commander, Ebenezer obey and K1 de final are named because the musicians to entertain guests at the event.
Lasisi in the statement explained that the monarch died before the distribution of invite cards for the event.
The statement read, “You can 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 Sept 7, 2021, and presented to the Speaker on weekday, Sept thirty, 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 ancient Prime Minister of Oyo Kingdom and Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu.
“Upon which the Speaker, in turn, accepted the appointment with gratitude to God. However, because of the tight work schedule of the Speaker, the office ceremony could not hold throughout 2021, till this year when the date of might 27, 2022, was agreed with the palace but as God in his invitation can have it the revered monarch passed on Fri night before the distribution of invite cards for the event (May God grant him Aljanah Firdaus).
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