By Ola Ajayi
ALAAFIN of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has denied a report that he conferred a chieftaincy title of Mayegun of Yorubaland on a popular Fuji musician, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde.
The monarch stated in a statement by his Principal Private Secretary, Alhaji Olayiwola Folarin that the fuji musician was not his chief.
According to the statement, the claim was a total falsehood, emanating from an inordinate ambition of its proponents.
Alaafin said as a father to all in Yorubaland and beyond, he only granted a request from the Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, and one of the Alaafinâ€™s sons, Captain Kola Raheem, to bring Alhaji Ayinde to his palace on a private visit.
According to the statement the Alaafin, being a father to all granted the request and the fuji maestro in company of Osolo and some of his friends, visited the Alaafinâ€™s palace on Wednesday, 19 August, 2009.
â€œAnd I recollect vividly, even with recorded evidence, that when the Kabiyesi came into the hall to receive the visitors, and asked for the mission of Alhaji Ayinde in the palace, you all said it was a courtesy call,â€ the statement read.
Folarin quoted the monarch as saying he actually had a brief private discussion with them where the issue of chieftaincy title was raised, while he made some reservations about the life style of Ayinde which he said needed to be worked upon before he could be so considered.
He said Alaafin was surprised when, he read, two days after, that a chieftaincy title of Mayegun of Yorubaland had been conferred on the musician.
He described the alleged claim by the musician as a total falsehood and a subtle way to embarrass the Alaafin which was not expected from a person like Alhaji Ayinde.
Contrary to the claim, he clarified that â€œIn the tradition of the Alaafin, we have a standard to follow whenever an individual is to be honoured. We donâ€™t confer our titles in the sitting room, rather we make it a funfare after due process has been followed.
He urged the members of the public to discountenance the claim as no title had been conferred on Alhaji Ayinde by the Alaafin, noting that the title was not even vacant.