I’m not responsible for Soun, Olubadan, Alaafin’s deaths — Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Sunday said he was not responsible for the death of elite monarchs in the state.

Since Makinde took power, Oyo has lost three of its foremost kings — the Soun of Ogbomoso, Olubadan of Ibadanland and Alaafin of Oyo.

The Soun, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, of Ogbomoso died on December 12, 2021; Olubadan Oba Saliu Adetunji died on January 2, 2022 while the Alaafin Oba Lamidi Adeyemi died on April 22.

Makinde, while reacting to insinuations on social media, in a comical manner, said on Sunday that he was not responsible for the deaths.

He explained that the top three kings that died in the last five months, were riped in age, adding that they had impacted on their people.

Makinde, who led top state government functionaries to the palace of the late Alaafin, however, promised to give the late traditional ruler a befitting burial.

“This is a difficult period for us. What we need this time is prayers. I pray that all the good things that baba wished for the state would be fulfilled,” he said.

The governor appealed to the Oyo Mesi, the council of chiefs and all those that will be involved in the selection of another Alaafin not to delay the process.