Contrary to some myths that anyone that accept the title of Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland would die a mysterious death, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu has declared that this believe was far from the truth.
Bishpo Ladigbolu who is the Chairman of the planning committee for the installation of Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, made this revelation on Thursday at a press briefing in Ibadan.
Present at the briefing were representatives of Oyo, Osun and Ondo state governments.
According to him, “To accept the Aare Ona Kakanfo is not a death warrant. Infact Ojo Aburumaku died in his house. He did not die in the war front. Aare Latosa also did not die at the war front. They died in their homes.
Ladigbolu while going down the memory lane said the office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo of Yorubaland) was created by Alaafin Ajagbo in 16 century in order to serve as the commander of the Yoruba army in defending its territory.
He said the office was created in the 16th century by Ajagbo who appointed one of his friends, Kokorogangan to be the first Generalissimo of Yorubaland and Commander of its army.
Ladigbolu also affirmed that there is noting stops the Aare Ona Kakanfo from residing in Oyo town with the Alaafin if the holder of the office wishes to do so contrary to some views.
He maintained that anyone who still believes that Aare Ona Kakanfo cannot live in Oyo with Alaafin was living in the past.
“Nothing stops Aare Ona Kakanfo from residing in Oyo. So anyone telling you that Kakanfo don’t see the Alaafin is telling you a myth.
“There is nothing that stops the Kakanfo seeing the Alaafin. If he wishes to live in Oyo, there is noting that stops him. And you know the new Aare resides in Lagos.
“There were many people who crave the position, there are many people who want the position from all parts of Yorubaland.
“The Aare Ona Kakanfo will work in connection with all Yoruba leaders, traditional rulers in promoting the culture of our people and ensuring territorial integrity of our land, Nigeria.
“That is why today we have commenced the preparation for the installation of the new Aare Ona Kakanfo.
“He is already in seclusion, he is in the process of retreat and instalation. He has been in Oyo since yesterday.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy matters in Oyo State, Mr. Bimbo Kolade said the installation was an another way to promote Yoruba culture.
According to him, “The installation of Aare Ona Kakanfo is an opportunity to celebrate Yoruba race. That is why the state government said it is an opportunity to celebrate culture, the one that cuts across the Yoruba race”.