Friday, 14 August 2015

"No truth about Abobaku eloping over late Ooni’s death” - Hon Rotimi Makinde

Abobaku of Ile Ife
Quite a number of no-truths and distortion has been written regarding the eloping of an entity called ‘Abobaku’. 

In Ile-Ife, the person so referred to is called ‘Saarun’, head of the ‘Emeses’ who are stewards to a reigning Ooni.

The Saarun is the head and closest aid who must go everywhere the Ooni goes. It follows in the days of old that upon the demise of an Ooni, his most trusted aid and steward will be interred with him to continue his life of service to his master and as well show his loyalty.

I personally know the Saarun that served late Oba Adesoji Aderemi (late Yaya Arasanmi) While Oba Aderemi passed away in 1980, his late Saarun passed on in 1987, 7 clear years afterwards. The current Saarun will not be buried with late Oba Sijuade as the practice has since been stopped in Ile-Ife. I am a proud son of Ile-Ife and I am well grounded in the traditions and cultures of my people. It will not happen.

- Hon. Rotimi Makinde, represents Ife Federal Constituency at the House Of Reps

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