The next Alaafin of Oyo who will ascend to the throne after the deceased Oba, Lamidi Adeyemi will have to also inherits all his 13 wives as prescribed by custom. Yans.ng gathered.
A close ally to the deceased monarch, Archbishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Reverend Ayo Ladigbolu, who is from the Agunloye Ruling House of Oyo Kingdom, revealed In an interview published by Punch, on Saturday, said the next paramount ruler of Oyo kingdom “will inherit” the widows of Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.
Recall that yanstv.ng reported that Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi joins his ancestors.
Also, yanstv.ng had reported that the father of late the Oba had 200 wives. Adeyemi’s 13 wives who are mostly young women did not match his father’s record.
During the interview, Most Reverend Ayo Ladigbolu, said:
“The new king will inherit them and that is the tradition, but you know things are changing now. Once a woman is married to the Alaafin they are married forever to the Alaafin. You know circumstances of life are changing and we have to adjust to the changing trends.
According to him, Alaafin is not a person but an institution. Which he noted that the wives are married to the institution and not just a person.
“They are married to Alaafin and Alaafin is not a person but an institution. The new Alaafin will be responsible for their welfare because they are married to the institution and not just a person. They belong to the Alaafin. But in the light of the prevailing circumstances we will have to adjust.” He said.
Sources also revealed that, according to tradition, the queens are not allowed to marry any member of the royal family or ruling branch.
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III who joins his ancestors on 22 April 2022 at the Afe Babalola Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti,
was the longest-reigning Oyo monarch in history.
He ascended the throne in 1970 and died having spent five decades and two years on the throne.