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ALAAFIN STOOL: A Worthy Race – Prince Siyanbola Oladigbolu




The Oyo Prince and the youngest contender to the vacant stool of Alaafin, Prince Siyanbola Oladigbolu told our news Correspondents his readiness to be the next iku baba-yeye, Alaafin of Oyo.

Question 1:
Kindly introduce yourself

I am Prince Kolade Afeez Siyanbola Oladigbolu.

Question 2:
How are you related to the royal family

My grandfather was the 40th alaafin of oyo, Oba Abubakar Akanbi Adedokun Siyanbola Onikepe Oladigbolu, he ruled between 1911-1944, also, my great-grandfather was also the 39th Alaafin, Oba Muhammad Lawal Agogoija who ruled between 1905-1911. My great-great-grandfather was also Alaafin Olujide Adelu Agunloye, who ruled Between 1859 -1875. Alaafin Adelu is a son of the Pathfinder of the new capital (Present day) Alaafin Muhammad Soliu Atiba Atobatele 1837-1859.

Question 3:
Are you saying five fathers of yours were Alaafins

I actually have more than that because I have a bloodline with Alaafin Abiodun, who reigned between 1774 – 1789. Alaafin Abiodun is a direct descendant of the 16th Alaafin Ajagbo who is also a direct descendant of Alaafin Oluaso who came directly from Alaafin Aganjusola who is a biological son to the great Alaafin Ajaka, the son of Oranmiyan.

Question 4:
What about your biological father ? Was he a king ?.

He is the only one who did not become an alaafin from my lineage to Oranmiyan due to the inevitability of death.

Question 5:
I have seen several publications about your readiness to be Alaafin. Are you really set for it without any fear ?.

No descendant of oranmiyan would be afraid of becoming an Alaafin, I am aware of all it takes to be alaafin and that’s why you see me being vocal with confidence without fear. If majorities of contenders know what is involved to be alaafin which no one will tell anyone until he’s crowned, am sure the list of contenders would be less than five and I shall be there.

Question 6:
Why did you say you shall be there ?.

No child is afraid of what his parent is known for. So I am kingly, and that is what my fathers was known for. No cause for alarm. No matter the number of contenders, we know ourselves.

Question 7:
So when you become Alaafin, preservation of cultural heritage is on your hands, how will you handle that ?.

Culture, tradition, religion and spirituality are different things entirely. But people mixed all together. If I become alaafin, the culture and tradition will be promoted to the supposed status.

Question 8:
Have you thought of withdrawing from the race, maybe due to delay or something else ?.

Ẹlẹdẹ a d’Ọyọ ariwo ẹ ni apọ. The pig will get to Oyo, could only be sluggish on the road. If I back out, who am I leaving it for ? The race is worthy of running for.

Question 9:
How many are you in the race ?.

Well, at initial stage, it was 119 contenders. But later trimmed down to 85. Because they find out majority of those on the list are not from the Agunloye rulling house.

Question 10:
So, how many contenders are left now ?.

I have no idea.

Question 11:
What are your chances ?.

I have the Brightest chance. I am the youngest, i am close to the Throne more than 95% of contesters. My grandfather, Alaafin Oladigbolu who I was named after is the owner of the slot. So, choosing me his grandson as next alaafin wont be a bad ideology. The next family to produce the next Alaafin is unarguably Agunloye’s extraction. How can anyone be contesting with a blueblooded Prince like me when there is hierarchies even within the family, I am the Most historically close to the throne more than anyone, and I challenge anyone to debunk this.

Question 12:
We heard from a reliable source that an 85years old Man is also on the race, who is he to you ?.

We are from the same rulling house. A very well respected and successful archbishop. Anyone could be any age. Age is just a number. The 85-year-old hold contestant is a grandson of the owner of the ticket to the throne, Alaafin Oladigbolu just like I am. His father and my father are sons to the owner of the ticket we are all contesting for. He has no upper hand more than I do in any ramifications. So we are both grandsons to the 40th alaafin of Oyo, Oba Abubakar Akanbi Adedokun Siyanbola Onikepe Oladigbolu. I am in the same category with him when it comes to the selection of the new Alaafin. You could ask him to debunk this.

Question 13:
Do you think Oyo people are supporting your candidacy ?.

Yes, even beyond my expectation

Question 14:
What if oracle don’t choose you, what happens ?.

Only a manipulated oracle will jump me and go for someone else.

In yoruba tradition of oracle worshipping (IFA), whenever you hear IFA JAK’OJE, that means the practitioners are planning to go against the recommendation of oracle. That slogan means manipulation. If oracle’s consultation processes are properly followed, I shall be chosen. I don’t know of others ooo, but as for me, I am going to the palace as new alaafin.

Question 15:
Are you ready for negotiation on the race ?.

Hmmm. No one can come up with such an ideology and present it to me. Look, I prefer to be an Alaafin than Nigeria and America president combined for life.

Question 16:
But there are Princes who never want to be king,

Maybe a Prince of one village. No Prince of exaulted throne like Alaafin won’t have interest. Even Almighty in heaven knows alaafin throne exist majestically. When you see a fulfilled man of 85 years hustling around to be a king even at 85years , that tells you how great the throne is. Alaafin throne is the most high in Yorubaland. No governor will send any representative to present a staff of office to alaafin. Even Mr president will like to witness the comprehensive cultural displays of Oduduwa son’s installation. The last time people experienced such great displays was 54 years ago, which I believe 75% of Nigerians were not born then. All the Artefacts would be brought out, the father of all crowns (Ade-Are) will be See. The event that’s not certain anyone would witness twice in a lifetime, the event that will gather over 300 kings in a single day both from Nigeria and abroad. The event that will be going on and every parts of Yorubaland will look like a public holiday because everyone wants to see how Oduduwa son ascends the Throne.

The most interesting life’s history of Governor Seyi Makinde would be installation of new Alaafin. Because his name will be recorded in historical journey of Oyo Empire. If you ask average Nigeria, who general Adeyinka Adebayo was, I am pretty sure majority will reference him to the installation of Alaafin before remebring he was a Governor of oyo State during military dispensation 54 years ago.

I got Oyos at my back, and that’s why I don’t antagonise other contestants. But due process must be followed. I know some contenders have ordered clothes for coronation, which I believe they will all wear those cloths to attend marriage ceremonies of their loved ones if due process is adhered to.

The end is nearer. Injustice has replaced justice things are not the same like before. Everything has turned upside-down. No helder can be trusted, people don’t help people without making a request. The truth is far from the mouth of mankind. People don’t do things the way things are supposed to be done, but the way it benefits them. Good people are scarced .

Question 17:
Why is the process delaying ?

I don’t know. But according to the kingmakers, they said they have done what needed to be done and that they are waiting for the Government approval. However, some of them were also saying they knew nothing about it, which is confusing. So, if everything had gone well, I don’t think they would have countless voices instead of one. Something must have gone wrong. However, the way it is now, the Government has passed a new law that gives power to the Government as sole authority to appoint traditional rulers.

Question 18: What is your take on the new law ?.

The Government is like a semi god, the law has been officially passed, and there’s nothing anyone can do. That’s why everywhere is quiet for some time. As for me, I have no one in Government. I dont know anyone who has held any political office before, I am just praying I find God’s favour. It’s already a year, and two months now, we have been on it, I just pray everything goes peaceful, smoothly, and most importantly, in my favour.


Former Emir of Kano, Sanisi Lamido Sanusi’s Quest for more knowledge




Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Royalty is indeed sweet, the respect, allure and grand opulence that comes with it soothes the heart but royalty is innate. Former Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdulahai Ganduje might have relieved him of his Emir position but the blue blood in his veins still flows with much ado. Former Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi still commands much respect among all sundry. The reason he is being accorded that much respect even when he ceases to be the emir of ancient Kano Emirate still raises concern as his influence keeps looming large like wildfire. To some, his dethronement is politically motivated while some are indifferent but in all, he was a crusader for good governance and also spoke against the ills militating against the attainment of a just society.

When he was dethroned in March 2020, it didn’t come as a shock to many as he has been facing a battle with the governor of the state. The story went around the nooks and crannies of the state and beyond as he was asked to leave the state to allow the enthronement of a new emir. The former Governor of Central Bank was unperturbed and unruffled that he calmed his supporters as he told them to desist from any form of violence and shun destruction as he pleaded with them to accept it as a wish from the almighty. He left immediately and relocated to Nasarawa state.

Years after his dethronement saga, his popularity has transcended the shores of Nigeria more and Nigerians accorded him more respect like the Emir. Any functions he graces, his entrance is always grand with a display of royal opulence. He still proves the popular axiom; ‘Kings were born not made’ right. The royalty in him keeps oozing out at every point. His royal entourage and presence can hardly go unnoticed. Since his removal, he has always had a very good outing. Apart from being involved in the political stability of Nigeria and Africa; there is one thing he loves so much; he is a man who loves education and has openly advocated for it. He is of the opinion that education is the bedrock of development in any country that’s why he has openly criticised the government on the need to educate children in Northern Nigeria. Apart from that he made his family a perfect example with the mandate that all of them must get a university degree and also must pass in flying colours. Almost all of his children have graduated with a minimum of master’s degree in their various fields. In order to challenge his children on the need that education is a continuous process; he has also enrolled for a PhD in Economics at a University in the United Kingdom. Sources say he is using his part-time to invest in education earning a doctorate and by chance completing teaching as a part-time lecturer at the university. He has always been a teacher so bagging a PhD is a motivation for his children and it will also see him share his repertoire of knowledge in his chosen field.

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Music Promoter, Sam Larry Left in the Cold




Enmeshed in lots of controversy lately over the death of singer Mohbad, popular Lagos socialite and show promoter, Erinfolami Eletu known by the sobriquet Sam Larry ‘King of Settlement’ has indeed bitten more than he can chew.


Today, he is running from pillar to post as many said he has fled Nigeria to a neighbouring African country in search of protection. Sam Larry shot into stardom when he started off at Elegushi Beach as a tax collector for beachgoers, fun lovers and club patrons that’s where he cut his teeth in the music promotion business and also had close contact with many artists. He wields lots of power as he is known to be highly wired among the police force using them to his advantage. He further went global when Popular music Star, Naira Marley mentioned his name in one of his hit tracks. Since then, he has been basking on the publicity living a larger-than-life status rolling with the big boys.

He is known for resolving issues also meddling in issues that are of no concern to him. Currently, he seems to have stirred the hornet nest as the socialite was allegedly fingered as the leading cause to the demise of 27-year-old Artiste when several videos surfaced where he was said to have been intimidating the deceased. While denying the claim with a video, stating that he has love for the deceased, many are not convinced owning to the fact that; the videos circulating with daming facts say otherwise. While many have disassociated themselves from him, he seems to have been left in the cold as those in the corridors of power who he was banking on have left him to his fate as many have called the police to arrest, question and investigate him for the role he played in the alleged assault which might have led to the death of Mohbad. The once-celebrated socialite has disabled his social media handles to avert backlash from the masses. Sources say; many are excited that he has met his waterloo with his current predicament as he had been warned in the past to stay off issues that will slide him into trouble but he turned deaf ears. 

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Stamp Duty Is Revenue Stamp, Not Postage Stamp, LIRS Chief Clarifies




The Special Adviser to the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Mr Tokunbo Akande has clarified the misunderstanding about stamp duty as he maintained that it is a revenue stamp and not a postage stamp.

Akande made this known while featuring as a guest on The Tax Talk programme on Channels Television recently.

He said contrary to public opinion, stamp is not just for courier services as it is meant to certify the underlying transaction between two entities, whether they are corporate entities or individuals, thus, the framework for stamp duty is to verify the documents for underlying transactions and ensure that they are admissible in court in case any disputes arise.

Akande noted; “It’s interesting to note that stamp duty, a tax law that dates back to 1939, is still in effect today. Although it was reenacted in 2004 and has been updated over time through the Finance Act, the basic premise remains the same.

“Stamp duty places the responsibility on those involved in certain transactions to provide documentation that explains the details of the transaction. For example, if someone purchases an item from another person, a receipt is given to show the transaction. This receipt must be stamped to be considered admissible evidence in court in case any disputes arise. In the past, the postal stamp was used to denote the stamp duty.”

Akande, who noted that Stamp duty has contributed significantly to revenue generation in Lagos State, as the state has generated over N5 million from stamp duty over the past few years, said the agency believes there is still room for improvement.

While stating that the agency is considering the introduction of revenue stamps for wholesalers and distributors for receipts over N10,000 in the state, he noted; “This approach was previously utilized in the 1970s, and we are eager to revitalize it. We are fully committed to engagement and process improvement.

He said the agency has taken the step of digitizing its stamp duty operation by transitioning from manual to electronic processes.

According to Akande, “The Joint Tax Board (JTB), which oversees all Internal Revenue Services (IRSs), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), customs, immigration, and other related bodies, has been at the forefront of promoting awareness about stamp duty in general.

“LIRS (Lagos State Internal Revenue Service) has also made significant efforts in this area by holding town hall meetings, issuing public notices and guidance notes, and engaging with professional bodies. However, despite these efforts, the message has not been fully received. It is important to note that the law requires that all transactions between two entities must be stamped, and even items such as cheques have a small stamp on them. This is because they may be admissible in court. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that any documents related to transactions above a certain level of expenses are properly stamped, as failure to do so renders them as ordinary paper.

He said LIRS has expanded its presence across various states, with offices conveniently located to better serve taxpayers as its officials are proud to offer assistance with legal proceedings and have desks located in all the courts of Lagos.

“Our team of experts ensures that all necessary documents are properly stamped and verified by the commissioner for stamp duty. We take record-keeping seriously, as it helps to ensure the authenticity of all documents that pass through our hands. Proper stamping of documents is essential, whether you’re borrowing money from a bank or renting a property. Failure to do so could render them inadmissible in court. We are here to help certify your documents and ensure they have the necessary stamps to make them legally binding,” Akande submitted.

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