The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was effusive with praise about the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty Lamidi Adeyemi Iku Babayeye 111 as the foremost monarch turned 50-year on the throne.
The former Governor of Osun State in a letter he personally addressed to the monarch, titled: Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary, wrote, “In these last five decades, you have conducted yourself with grace, dignity and panache befitting a foremost Oba and it is beyond dispute now that you have no close compare.
“You’ve demonstrated intellectual depth, especially in the history of the Yoruba and contemporary developments around the globe in the last 200 years. You’ve displayed the valour of your forebears like Oranmiyan, Sango, Awonbioju, Adeniran and others.”
He stated further that Oba Adeyemi has lived to the billing of the custodian of Yoruba culture and traditions and have been the most ardent promoter globally.
“Your reign has also been significant to the Yoruba race in that you’ve been working towards its unity and promoting its cause nationally and globally as well. The race has witnessed great strides in science, engineering, culture, arts, education, physical and urban development. Yoruba people now occupy top positions in all walks of life in business, academia, law, government, diplomacy and others locally and abroad,” the Minister said.