The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has announced the indefinite postponement of his 50th coronation anniversary which was initially scheduled to start January 10th.
In a press statement on Friday, the Monarch cited the need for adherence with the precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic as the reason behind the postponement.
According to the statement, “With due gratitude to God first and foremost, and my illustrious and great ancestors, I will be fifty years on the throne of the most exalted Yoruba throne this January. My gratitude is further deepened by the fact that I ascended the throne at the age of Thirty-One.
“As it is expected, I have made adequate and abundant arrangements for the elaborate thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the well-deserved occasion.
“As usual, all those who know the importance of the Alaafin Stool to the Yoruba nationhood both at home and in the diaspora had indicated their intention to be physically present on the occasion.
“Accordingly, a lot of resources had been committed by well meaning people apart from my personal purse; to which we thank God for His blessings. But against the backdrop of the current global pandemic of COVID-19, I have got to make a rethink on the timing of the celebration.
“With very strong personal pain, but with respect for the sanctity of human life, I have been able to convince my traditional cabinet in the name of Oyomesi, of the need to postpone the formal programme till after the pandemic might have gone in no distant future.
“Suffice to say that part of the factors that informed the painful decision is the logistics of effecting the social distance rule and the need of harbouring visitors from abroad, the mandatory two weeks isolation which might not be verified.
“Consequently, between personal interest and national interest is concerned, especially when it comes to the sanctity of human lives, the choice is clear for any patriot”.
The monarch expressed regret at any inconveniences the postponement might have caused, but noted that sanctity of human life is more important to him than any social engagement.