Vanguard (Lagos)

14 February 2009

Nigeria: Feud Between Ooni and Alafin Gets Messier

The perennial royal feud between the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Ooni of Ife got messier yesterday as the former said with the outburst of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade against him at an event to celebrate the Late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was a clear demonstration of ignorance of history.

Oba Adeyemi said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan yesterday. Alaafin said, contrary to the claim of Oba Sijuwade, he had been having a running battle since 1980 for dabbling into issues not in any way connected with him.

While faulting the claim of Ooni that he was running a dead empire, he said since Oba Sijuwade was glorifying himself as the chairman of the Old Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, he had shot himself in his leg.

He said, "I have fifteen of such absurdities arisen from their account of their own history but I will limit it to the nine absurdities listed above for thinkers to sew together the pieces of these illogicalities and absurdities inherent in the origin of the Ooni as given by their own historian.

Alaafin argued that from the Oral tradition of Ife, one could see that Oduduwa was never Ooni and Oranmiyan, a son of Oduduwa successfully drove away the Ooni to Efon-Alaye and nothing was heard of him again.

"Therefore, the statement of Oba Okunade that Alaafin was his son contradicted Ife traditional history as handed over to him by his fore bears, his assertions and claims defy logical reasoning. These show the inconsistencies of the Ooni or that he is not in tune with his own history."

He added that the importance of the authority and supremacy of the Alaafin could now be explained in the context of modern empirical in controvertible record.

He went further that the "internecine fratricidal war ravaging the Yorubaland from 1870-1886, on 15th of October 1881, the Alaafin of Oyo wrote a letter through Rev. J. B. Wood, the Secretary of the CMS, imploring him to contact the Imperial Majesty, the Queen Victorial of Great Britain to come and intervene to stop the war ravaging the Yoruba Nation.", he said.

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