The Pan-Yoruba Socio political group, Afenifere, has congratulated the Iku Baba Yeye, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, as he hits 50 years on the throne as the Alaafin of Oyo.
Oba Adeyemi ascended the throne on 14th January 1971 at the age of 31 succeeding the late Alaafin Ladigbolu.
All celebrations of the event have been postponed due to the ravaging COVID 19.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, on Wednesday, the group said, “The Alaafin in 50 years has brought peculiar gravitas and character to the throne and he is a great pride to Yoruba at home and abroad.
“We proudly celebrate his golden years and pray that God will keep him for many more years in dedicated service that we are proud of always. May Iku reign for long in full health and his coast enlarged.”
The statement further read, “We cannot but mention in particular the peculiar leadership Baba provided for the Yoruba in the dark days of Sani Abacha when evil walked over Nigeria unhinged.
“The God that saw us through that evil period will always see us through dangerous moments and our land will never be destroyed.
“We shall always give thanks to God like we had to do when Abacha evil expired.”