Why Wealth, Status Won’t Be Only Criteria For Selecting New Alaafin — Baba Iyaji

Princes from Agunloye Ruling House, which is said to be the next to produce the Alaafin of Oyo, interested in succeeding Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who died on Friday, could begin to submit their applications after eight days.

The Baba Iyaji of Oyo, Mukaila Afonja, who is also the Head of Princes in the town, disclosed this to journalists at the palace on Monday.

He explained that although interested princes from the next ruling house were expected to submit their applications to him, he had yet to receive such letter.


He added that he believed applicants interested in ascending the throne would start bringing their letters after the eight days of the passage of the monarch.

He said, “The moves to succeed Oba Adeyemi would have begun as we are talking now but nobody has submitted an application to me.

“I am the head of the Omooba (princes) and as we are talking, there would have been moves but nobody has submitted any application to me.

“The process is that all the princes from the next ruling house who are interested in becoming the Alaafin will submit their applications to me.

“After screening them, I will now invite the Oyo Mesi and, for example, if the applicants remain like two or more, the Ifa oracle will be consulted to know who among them should be chosen.”

He said wealth or status alone would not be used as criteria for choosing the next Alaafin because there would be negative consequences if the right person was not chosen.

He assured the people of the town that they would be guided by the fear of God and their love for Oyo town in choosing the best to ascend the throne.

The Bashorun of Oyo, Chief Yusuf Ayoola; the Ibasaamu of Oyo, Chief Lamidi Oyewale, and other members of the Oyo Mesi continued to receive visitors visiting the palace to condole with the chiefs over the death of Oba Adeyemi.

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