The Ìṣẹ̀ṣe Welfare Association (IWA), on Thursday, urged Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makind and Oyo-Mesi (Kingmakers) to speed up the selection process and fill the vacant throne of Alaafin.
However, it should be recalled that the immediate past Alaafin, Late Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111. Dead on April 23rd, 2022. The throne has been vacant for the pas 1 year, 4 months.
The Ìṣẹ̀ṣe Association made this known in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Barr. Aderemi Ifáòleèpin Aderemi and Secretary-General, Ifagbenuola Popoola in Ibadan.
The group appeals to the Governor and kingmakers to pick the most credible candidate among the contestants who will be ready to identify with Ìṣẹ̀ṣe religion and protect the interests of Ìṣẹ̀ṣe practitioners among other religions like Late Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111.
The statement read in part: “We implore the Ọ̀yọ́-Mèsì, who are the Kingmakers to make sure that whoever is selected or chosen to be the next Aláàfin of Ọ̀yọ́ must be Ìṣẹ̀ṣe inclined cum Ìṣẹ̀ṣe lover; and who is ready to openly identify with Ìṣẹ̀ṣe as a Yorùbá Indigenous Religion.
“That the appointing authority who is the Governor of Ọ̀yọ́ State should graciously appoint any eminently qualified candidate that will not only openly identify with Ìṣẹ̀ṣe religion, but, also help to promote the unique traditional practices in Ọ̀yọ́ Aláàfin, always.
“Further, we implore whoever wishes to be next Aláàfin to also have in mind that, the stool is meant for someone who will always respect and cherish Ìṣẹ̀ṣe.”
Ìṣẹ̀ṣe Assembly said the body appreciated the Oyo State government and kingmakers in Iseyin, Iseyin Local Government, for arriving at a seamless process in picking a new Aseyin of Iseyin on Monday.
They called on the Aseyin-designate, Prince Sefiu Olawale Oyebola to embrace Yoruba traditional practices for him to enjoy the throne, as according to them, only the Yoruba culture, Tradition, and belief system embodies equality and peaceful cohabitation among residents.