Despite the widespread report that Okunade Sijuwade, Ooni of Ife, is dead, the royal traditional council in Ile-Ife says the news is false
THE royal traditional council of Ife has refuted the news making the rounds that Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Ooni of Ife, was dead. Joseph Ijaodola, an oba and the Lowa of Ife, who briefed journalists at the Ooni’s palace at Enuwa, in Ile-Ife on Wednesday, July 29, said the monarch was hale and hearty.
The royal traditional council which is a combination of traditional chiefs and title holders’ said the report that the monarch died in a hospital in the United Kingdom was untrue. Ijaodola said: “I hereby dispel the rumour that our baba, the Olubuse is dead. As I speak with you, the 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 1982, also in 2004 and now, these people are coming up with another rumour. Oba Sijuwade remains in sound state of health.”
Reports said residents of the ancient town trooped to the palace on Wednesday, July 29, to ascertain if the news about the death of the monarch was true. The media had reported that Sijuwade died in a hospital in London, Britain, and the news of his death was confirmed by various sources close to the palace but the denial of the news came as a surprise to many.
— Jul 29, 2015 @ 15:35 GMT