BREAKING: Ooni of Ife is Very Much Alive – Traditional Chiefs

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The Royal Traditional Council of Ife has finally
debunked the widely reported story of the demise of
the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade (Olubuse II),
saying the royal father is alive and in good health.
Addressing newsmen on Wednesday in the House of
Chiefs located within the premises of Ile-Oodua palace
of the first class monarch, the Lowa of Ife, Oba Joseph
Ijaodola, said the report in the media that the monarch
died in a London Hospital is totally false.
The Royal Traditional Council, which comprises
all traditional chiefs and title holders in Ile-Ife,
the custodian of Ife traditional council insisted
that Ooni of Ife is alive.
Oba Ijaodola further disclosed that the royal father is
currently preparing for his son’s wedding fixed for next
week Sunday.
Also speaking, secretary Royal Traditional Council of
Ife, the Ladin of Ife, High Chief Adetoye Odewole, said
Ooni is hale and hearty and even spoke to the chiefs on
phone few hours earlier.
He added that those behind the death story are
enemies of Ife. His words:
“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.”
Commenting in similar vein, chairman, Ife Development
Board, Prof. Muib Opeloye, said Ife as a town with rich
tradition has its way of managing its affairs.
Opeloye maintained the royal father is preparing for his
son’s wedding, urging people not to panic.
Many indigenes of Ife had converged at entrance of the
palace, but were prevented from entering by guards
while the entire ancient town remain calm with people
going about their normal businesses.

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