Ooni Of Ife Is Not Dead – Osun Royal Traditional Council
The reported death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, Olubuse II was on Wednesday denied by the Royal Traditional Council, RTC, of the town, who insisted that the paramount ruler is alive and in good state of health.?
The traditional council, which comprises all traditional chiefs and title holders in Ile-Ife, said Oba Sijuade is not only in sound state of health but added that the royal father was preparing for his son’s wedding due to hold next Sunday in Lagos.?
Speaking in Yoruba with newsmen at the House of Chiefs located within the premises of Ile-Oodua palace of the Ooni, Lowa of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola stressed that the report in the media that the monarch died in a London Hospital of an undisclosed ailment was untrue.
Dismissing the report, secretary to the RTC of Ife, the Ladin of Ife, High Chief Adetoye Odewole, said the Ooni is hale and hearty and he even spoke to the chiefs on the phone few hours earlier.
According to him, “those behind the death story are enemies of Ife and as I speak with you, chiefs have not heard anything like that. This is not the first time such rumour will be carried about our father.
“They did it in 1984, also in 2004 and now, these people are coming up with another rumour. Oba Sijuade remains in sound state of health”.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Ife Development Board, Prof. Muib Opeloye, stated that Ife as a town with rich tradition has its way of managing its affairs. Stressing that the royal father was preparing for his son’s wedding. He urged people of Ife not to panic and go about their normal daily activities.