Alaafin d’Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said he was the head of all traditional rulers in the Yoruba region.
The monarch also made a startling revelation about his personal safety.
The revered leader has revealed that his assistants remain vigilant at all times, and that he is usually notified when a traitor is around.
Oba Adeyemi spoke in his palace when a historian and editor of the Yoruba Tooto newspaper, Kunle Babarinde, visited.
Alaafin said: “It is widely recognized that this palace is quite unique in maintaining our culture. When you see my drummers drumming, their drums are always full of meaning.
“If a traitor or a bad person visited me, the drummers would use their talking drums to warn me and warn me. The person wouldn’t know what they are using their drum to say but I would. This is Yoruba culture for you. ”
Oba Adeyemi is committed to ensuring that the cultural values and identity of the ethnic group are preserved.
“As the leader of all the Oba in Yoruba country, I will put more effort into promoting the language, culture and tradition. It’s a shame that they are on the verge of extinction. If you watch me you will notice that I am not joking with the way we dress, our greetings and our language.
“To say that we are not united is an understatement and it is so because of the divisive politics that our people play without remembering that we are brothers and sisters as Yoruba,” he decried.
Regarding Alaafin’s statement, Ontopnaija reports that Yoruba sons and daughters at home and abroad are deeply divided over the current ruler of Obas.
The Alaafin and Ooni of Ife are the two title holders whose names and thrones are commonly debated.
It was no secret that Oba Adeyemi and the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, were rivals on superiority.
But it is not known whether they resolved their discord before the latter joined his ancestors.
Oba Sijuwade, reign name Olubuse II, was the fiftieth traditional ruler of Ife from 1980 to 2015.
His successor and holder is Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, reign name Ojaja II.