Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Sunday, replied his critics that he is not responsible for the deaths in quick succession of three foremost monarchs in the state.
He also vowed that the state will not spare anything to give the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, a state befitting burial.
Makinde made the disclosure, while addressing family members of Oba Adeyemi and the Oyomesi, during his official condolence visit to the palace of the departed monarch in Oyo.
He, equally, charged the Oyomesi, who are saddled with the responsibility of choosing the next Alaafin not to allow a vacuum for too long, noting that his government would ensure that the wishes of the late Alaafin come to pass.
The governor said this was necessary so that some wishes of the late Alaafin, which he was privy to can be fulfilled.
Makinde, while reacting to social media rumor in a comical manner, said he was not the one responsible for the deaths of foremost monarchs in the state.
Oba Adeyemi was the latest of the First Class monarchs who have joined their ancestors in the last five month in Oyo State.
The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi died on December 12, 2021 while Olubadan Saliu Adetunji died January 2, 2022.
However, Makinde said all monarchs who have joined their ancestors in the state were ripe in age and have made impact on the people.
He said: “No matter how old the Alaafin was, we would not have wanted him to join his ancestors. When he ascended the throne of his forefathers, I was very young. But because of the way Kabiyesi was to us, we would have loved to have him with us forever if it was possible.”
“For that, we are sad but we are also happy because Kabiyesi lived long on the throne of his forefathers”
“Secondly, since we heard about the news of his death, throughout yesterday, I received calls from the Presidency and a lot of my colleagues. Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano have called me personally.”