Matters Arising From the Destruction of Alafin's Palace By Femi Falana

Femi Falana
By Femi Falana (SAN)

A fortnight ago, the Palace of the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi was gutted by fire. Although the fire started at about 6 am on January 8, 2013 it was reported to have raged uncontrollably before the arrival of fire fighters an hour later. In the process, the inferno destroyed about 21 rooms in the ancient palace.

 Although no life was lost, the damage to the palace is said to be extensive.
 
I wish to join other concerned Nigerians in sympathising with the Alafin of Oyo over the unfortunate incident.
 
However, Oba Adeyemi is indeed lucky that a more beautiful and befitting  palace will emerge from the rubble as both the Federal Government and the Oyo State Government as well as some political leaders have pledged to rebuild the burnt palace.
 
 While the official undertaking to rebuild the palace is a  demonstration of sensitivity on the part of the Government the lessons from the fire incident should not be lost on Nigerians. Since the early morning conflagration  resulted from a power surge, according to palace sources, the Oyo State Government should direct the Ministry of Justice to sue the Power Holding Company of Nigeria for negligence.
 
There are cases recently decided by our courts where PHCN has been made to pay colossal monetary damages in similar circumstances.
 
As the fire brigade office is a stone's throw from the Alafin's palace in the ancient town of Oyo the late arrival of the fire fighters should be investigated. The criminal negligence displayed by the fire fighters in the circumstance should be taken up by the Oyo State Government to serve as a deterrent to other disaster management agencies.
 
It is pertinent to state that in a capitalist society the Government has no business rebuilding burnt which were not insured due to the carelessness of the owners. Instead of  channelling public funds to rebuild the burnt houses of the rich and well connected individuals Governments should ensure that all public buildings and places of monuments are insured. The other a former head of government was singing and dancing when his mansion was on fire. He did not  hesitate to announce to all and sundry that the edifice was going to be rebuilt with public funds! If the practice of assisting a few people to rebuild their houses which are lost to fire is not discontinued forthwith the Governments may soon be compelled to compensate every victim of natural and man-made disasters. After all, all citizens are equal before the law and entitled to the same rights and privileges.
 

Comments
12 comment(s)
Post a comment

Falana just called a spade a spade.

Downright factual. A damning blow to the sycophancy gestures of President Jonathan, Governor Ajimobi and Mr.Bola Tinubu to the Alaafin. They have all been trying to outdo one another in an attempt to win the political support of the Alaafin in respect of the forthcoming 2015 elections. These people will do everything posible to win elections at the expense of the common man.

That is Yoruba man for you

That is Yoruba man for you, idiots
Bastereds

BURNT ALAFIN'S PALACE- MATTERS ARISING

You are completely right our learned mentor. Who knows,the house might have been insured. Use public fund to rebuild and collect the insurance cover and pocket. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. They know.

Trouble shooter means peace

Trouble shooter means peace maker

Agreed 100% with Attorney F. Falaana

It is absurd to waste public fund to build house or palace for any pledged citizen while majority of our graduates are roaming the street without any job. Mr. Tinubu and his party cannot provide jobs for people and they are not ashamed to waste public fund on some individual. We need to get our priority in the right order. President Jonathan is clueless, he cannot provide the citizenry security and many millions of Nigeria are living in abject poverty and nobody cares!!!!!!!

Agreed 100% with Attorney F. Falaana

It is absurd to waste public fund to build house or palace for any pledged citizen while majority of our graduates are roaming the street without any job. Mr. Tinubu and his party cannot provide jobs for people and they are not ashamed to waste public fund on some individual. We need to get our priority in the right order. President Jonathan is clueless, he cannot provide the citizenry security and many millions of Nigeria are living in abject poverty and nobody cares!!!!!!!

Well said,now they can fall

Well said,now they can fall heads over heels in their competition to pacify Alaafin but to rebuild a common bridge tothe 'puff puff' cheeked Gov'nor finds insurmountable

It is sad to learnt that Fire

It is sad to learnt that Fire Station is a stone thrown from the Alafin's palace. It does show unresponsive behavior from the fire fighting team. If they could watch the palace destroy, what fate does a common man have that their property will be protect? Truly, Oyo State government should investigate their role in the inferno.
The out come of this investigation should be made public and serve as a wake up call to all public service in the state.

Ile oba to join ewa looking bu si

Good right up Sir, it is like fire business will be the new business in town with the recent increase in high profile house fire. Perhaps the efcc will be called in to investigate in some instances as I still remember the song of EBORA Owu- OBJ ile Obasanjo tojo ewa lo bu si, and more rightly so ile Oba to jo ewa lo bu si..
Fire burn them

Sue dem jor!

Ooooooo! Mr Falana, the Alafin and Baba Iyabo will now shout "Falana gbo ti e, tara eni la'gbo" ala Ebenezer Obey's song. You should have helped people who lost their homes in any Oyo State fire to sue Oyo State Government and Gov. Ajimobi's puff-puff cheeks. Hehehe! They have a right to have their homes rebuilt by the government too. Can't Ajimobi respect human rights? They will now call Falana a trouble-shooter. The truth is bitter.

Well Said!

I agree with you sir. May your days be long.

I agree

100%, Let Alafin call his insurance brokers and if he is uninsured he can live in the burnt palace like that.