Gani Adams reveals how Oba Lamidi Adeyemi was buried traditionally
Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, has clarified the burial of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
The monarch's transition and funeral procedures were "purely traditional and not religious," according to spokeswoman Kehinde Aderemi.
Prior to the declaration of death, the Isoro and the Oyomesi followed "the basic traditional rites," according to Adams.
According to him, the rites lasted "all night (Friday) and until 11 a.m. Saturday."
This happened before Bashorun and Alaafin's family informed Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, who then made the death public.
Adams advised those attaching religious meaning to the burial to desist and explained that the final process of the rites was done Saturday night.
The Yoruba leader said the deceased’s respect for all religions, whether Christianity, Islam, or traditional, should not be misconstrued.
The Muslim community, led by the Chief Imam of Oyo, Sheikh Masud Adabayo Ajokideru, did the prayer on the remains for seven minutes.
“They handed over the remains to the Isoro for further observation of the final traditional rites that led to the final burial at Ibara." This is the truth.
Alaafin is not an ordinary king. The Oyomesi, the Isoro, and the Sango devotees cannot but complete the final traditional rites. ”
Adams said that the impression that Oba Adeyemi was buried according to Muslim rites “is untrue and at variance with the tradition of Oyo and Yoruba institutions”.
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