Criticism has continued to trail the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, a week after he installed the popular Fuji lord, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, as the Mayegun of Yorubaland, with an instruction not to prostrate to any king in Yorubaland.
Recall that Kwam 1 was last week Monday conferred with the controversial title, while several prominent Yoruba kings in the region deliberately shunned the Iwuye ceremony.
The US-based Erelu Mabel Tinuade Onaneye, while reacting to the title, said that it was wrong for the Alaafin to have made Ayinde the Mayegun of Yorubaland, noting that the traditional ruler’s suzerainty does not extend beyond his Oyo domain.
Onaneye, who is the Erelu Oodua of Aye Kingdom, Ondo State, and Irawo Oni Oodua of Yorubaland, made the declaration, saying it was wrong for the Alaafin to super-impose an Oyo chief on the Yoruba nation.
“One day, he will appoint a Hausa or Igbo to be the leader of Yoruba,” Onaneye stated.
“He thought he wants to spite or bring the authority of the Ooni of Ife down but baba is making a great mistake.
“In my entire life, I have never heard about any king as Alaafin of Yorubaland. Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, when did you become Alaafin of Yorubaland?
“What is uniting and dividing us in Yorubaland? I have answers to this: supremacy, hate, jealousy to mention a few.
“Yorubaland belongs to all Omo Kaaro Oojire. The obas are just caretakers. If you do it well, the history shall not perish.
“But if you do it in other way round, your name shall remain in the history book.
“Enough of lies and deceits from our traditional rulers.”