OPEN LETTER TO DECISION MAKERS (OYOMESI, BABA IYAJI & THE OYO STATE GOVERNOR) ON SELECTION OF THE NEXT ALAAFIN OF OYO FROM THE ATIBA RULING HOUSE (ATIBA DYNASTY)
Contrary to the misleading notion, there are not 2, but ONLY 1 ruling house in Oyo and it is the ATIBA RULING HOUSE or ATIBA DYNASTY.
In this DYNASTY, there are several sons. However, only 2 (Agunloye and Alowolodu) families have alternately sat on the throne for over 100 years.
The several sons of ATIBA include:
1). Adelu Agunloye (1st in line to the ATIBA throne), whose lineage has produced 4 kings, namely:
ii). Lawani Agogo Ija
iii). Shiyanbola Ladigbolu
iv). Bello Gbadegeshin
If allowed once again to participate in this round of selection, it will be the Agunloye’s 5th time on the throne.
2). Agboin Adelabu (2nd Eldest Son of ATIBA): His descendants have not yet ruled and are DEFINITELY THE VERY NEXT to rule OYO Kindom. Ref: Samuel, Johnson (1921). The History of the Yorubas from the Earliest times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate. Great Britain: Lowe and Brydone Limited. pp. 328–329. ISBN 9781642275308
3). Adesiyan (3rd in line to the ATIBA throne).
4). Adeyemi Alowolodu (4th in line to the ATIBA throne), whose lineage has produced 3 kings, namely:
i). Adeyemi Alowolodu I
ii). Adeniran Adeyemi II
iii). Lamidi Adeyemi III
If allowed once again to participate in this round of selection, it will be the Alowolodu’s 4th time on the throne.
Other sons of ATIBA include Adediran, Tella Agbojulogun, Adesetan, Tella Okitipapa, Adesokan and others.
In the spirit of fairness and to foster continued unity within Oyo kingdom, the OYOMESI and Baba Iyaji, by the power bestowed on them and by virtue of their hereditary titles, have the responsibility to select the next Alaafin of Oyo from the remaining heirs of the ATIBA RULING HOUSE (ATIBA DYNASTY) that have not yet ruled the Kingdom.
They must ensure that the ATIBA Throne is JUSTLY, EQUALLY and EVENLY rotated between ALL families.
The Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters must
execute the instructions of the July 16th 2001 (Ibadan, Oyo State gazette) (Vol. 26) which addressed the 1995 white paper relating to Chieftaincy Power on Prescribed Authorities on the State. In section 5.1 of this white paper, it was noted that SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DECISIONS ON CHIEFTAINCY ISSUES WERE DELIBERATELY IGNORED OR PUT ASIDE BY THE OYO LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE ALLAAFIN OF OYO.
Section 5.1.1. of the white paper clearly defines what government decision is and how it must be followed.
This mandates the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to honour and implement the 1995 Oloko commision of inquiry white paper, which was gazetted in 2001 (and relates to the Ruling of February 27th 2004). Consequently, the Oloko white paper renders the 1976 Ladeinde Commision of Inquiry valid, honourable and implementable.
Alhaja Sidikatu Adebowale Ejide Olona
(Omo ADELABU ATIBA)
July 26th, 2022