Most Reverend Ayo Ladigbolu, Archbishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, has responded to the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi.
Remember that the well-respected Yoruba king died Saturday night while undergoing treatment at Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti.
In a recent interview with Punch, Rev Ladigbolu, who is from the Agunloye Ruling House of Oyo Kingdom, spoke on what would happen to the monarch’s wives.
The next Alaafin of Oyo, according to the priest, would inherit the wives of the departed monarch, as is customary.
He went on to say that once a woman marries an Alaafin, she is wedded to him for the rest of her life.
Rev ladigbolu while speaking 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.
“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.”
When asked if any of the wives of the late monarch can leave, he said, “I don’t have to elaborate on that; all I can say is that they are married to Alaafin and Alaafin is not a person but an institution. That is why the question of who they belonged to after the death of the Kabiyesi who married them did not arise. They belong to the Alaafin. But in the light of the prevailing circumstances, we will have to adjust. That is my response.”
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