Alaafin: Longest serving aide speaks on monarch’s death
Morenikeji Lasisi, the longest serving palace aide of the late Alaafin of Oyo, popularly called “Baba Keji”, has spoken about the death of the first class monarch.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Alaafin of Oyo passed on at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, in the late hours of Friday at the age of 83.
Baba Keji, who had served in the palace for 77 years said the late Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi brought unprecedented development to the palace beyond his expectations.
Speaking further, Lasisi said he was very close to the Alaafin despite the fact that he was a servant to him in the palace and would miss the merriment and enjoyments he had with him
He said; “I cut grass in the palace. The late king usually sent me on errand. Every day, I usually went to abattoir to get meat for my late boss in the morning. I have served three kings now. I got to the palace during the time of Oba Adeyemi Adeniran, the father of the late Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi.
“I also served Bello Gbadegesin Oladigbolu and Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi who died on Friday. I am always happy whenever I am with the Alaafin. He was always having money and resources to cater to the people. There was always enjoyment in the palace during his reign.
“We were always enjoying ourselves. I will miss all the merriment. As I am here now, if anyone tries to take me abroad, after telling my people, I will go. But I will surely return to my base here in Oyo.”
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