The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has bestowed the chieftaincy title of Aare Baasofin of Yoruba land on the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
According to Oba Adeyemi, the conferment of the chieftaincy title, which means the ‘Supreme Legislative Guide for the Yoruba race’ was because the Speaker has represented the race well in the handling of the affairs of the country.
The official letter of conferment was presented to the Speaker on Thursday September 30, by the emissary of the Alaafin, including members of the Oyomesi in Council and Oyo Development Association, led by Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu.
In the letter, the Alaafin said: “Since your victory at the polls and subsequent swearing in as a member of the House of Representatives, representing the good people of Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos State in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 and eventual emergence as the Rt Hon. Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives via an overwhelming 283 votes out of 360 members, I have watched with keen interest your unquantifiable contributions on the floor of the House.
“You have been the member with the highest number of bills and motions. You rose from a member to Minority Leader, Leader of the House and eventually the Rt. Hon. Speaker, and your centrality in the federating unit of Nigeria have placed you in the legislative realm just like our forefathers who were actively involved in nation building.
“….Going by the above, you have demonstrated as a legislator the uniqueness inherent in the Yoruba race participating effectively in nation building; you have participated in ensuring the practice of separation of power to check abuses of the Executive and ensure smooth running of government.
“After due consideration and indeed consultation, the Alaafin in Council has identified you with the aforementioned attributes and consider you worthy of being honored. It is on this basis that I have decided on behalf of Yoruba land to pick you as ‘Aare Baasofin Of Yorubaland’.
“This new title bestowed on you is a clear reflection of your outstanding success as an astute legislator, accomplished legal luminary, successful representative of the Yoruba race and Nigeria in general.
“With this title, you are placed in the rank of great Empire builders and defender of Yoruba race. The least I can expect from you in your new title is to put all the stated attributes of yours for the service of Yoruba land and advancement of balanced system of government.”