Word reaching the Editor in Chief of this site indicates that the delegation to represent the Ooni may not arrive in Republic Trinidad & Tobago for the funerary services and burial rites for Chief Olokun Igbaro Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson SC, OCC, TC former President and Prime Minister of the Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
Speaking with Balogun Agbaiye of International Council for Ifa Religion ( ICIR ) – Professor Idowu Odeyemi early this morning was Oloye Orawale Oranfe Oluto Alagba of Ajo ofuwa Ile Iere ati Ile Aloubera ( Council of Traditional Afrikan Chiefs of Trinidad & Tobago ) – Oloye Olakela Massetungi. it was learnt that at an audience with H.R.H Kabiyesii yesterday that problems were outlined as to why the representatives may be unable to attend ther funerary rites of Chief Olokun Igbaro A.N.R..Robinson former President and Prime Minister of Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
It was further learnt. that H.R.H. Kabiyesii Sijuade Okunade Olubuse II would send their message through the offices of His Excellency Musa John Jen High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
Meanwhile the Council of Traditional Afrikan Chiefs of Trinidad & Tobago have been engaged in discussions with the Protocols Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an attempt to persuade the protocols personnel that the Council of Chiefs ought to be formally included as those with an opportunity to demonstrate their respects to a fellow Chief of African Traditions here in Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
It is the opinion of the Editors of this site that our National protocols ought to evolve to include representation from the African sector of our cosmopolitan society that include the ” dignitaries ” by African definitions in the protocols list of Republic Trinidad & Tobago. It would appear that the current People’s Partnership has embarked on redefinition of some of the previous colonial and post colonial paradigms of societal protocols of acceptance and we see no reason why African definitions of dignity and appropriate
dress codes should not be included in these redefinitions.
The President of the International Council for Ifa Religion also took this opportunity to send his condolences to the family members of the late Chief Olokun Igbaro A. N. R.Robinson former President and Prime Minister of the Republic Trinidad & Tobago and to acknowledge his contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and International politics.
Professor Odeyemi also wished Ajo Ofuwa Ile Iere ati Ile Aloubera – The Council of Traditional Afrikan Chiefs of Trinidad & Tobago continued blessings of stability and growth and hoped that all will be well as we navigate our path in Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
In conclusion we hope that the State personnel organising the protocols for this event would honour Chief Olokun Igbaro by proving the opportunity for fellow Chiefs, countrymen and citizens to participate in his official send off to the Great Beyond.