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Alaafin extends olive branch to Yoruba monarchs


IBADAN — ALAAFIN of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, weekend, extended an olive branch to other Yoruba monarchs, saying, he was ready to attend any meeting with prominent royal fathers that would lead to enthronement of peace among them.

The Alaafin, who spoke during the visit of Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom in Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo State, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, Okoro Ajiga 1 to commiserate with him over the fire that gutted his palace, equally explained why he had appeared so controversial to some people.

According to him: “It is only a person that is having something to hide that will not want to hold meetings. I’m ready, for the sake of our people, because where two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”

The monarch and Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade have been at daggers’ drawn for ages over the control of Yorubaland and this has resulted in verbal outbursts and heated arguments on the origin of Oyo and Ife.

Oba Adeyemi gave kudos to Olugbo for his mediatory role and his resolve to ensure that Yoruba Obas live in unity and oneness.


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