The rumoured death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, Olubuse II was on Wednesday debunked by the Royal Traditional Council, RTC, of the town, who insisted that the Supreme ruler is alive and in good state of health.
Information gathered from the RTC, which comprises of all traditional chiefs and title holders in Ile-Ife, says Oba Sijuade is hale and hearty and was preparing for son’s wedding holding next week Sunday in Lagos.
Speaking with pressmen at the House of Chiefs located within the premises of Ile-Oodua palace of the Ooni, Lowa of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola maintained that the report in the media that the monarch died in a London Hospital of an undisclosed ailment was untrue.
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.”
Similarly, the Chairman, Ife Development Board, Prof. Muib Opeloye, maintained that the royal father was preparing for his son’s wedding, urging people not to panic and go about their normal daily activities.
Meanwhile, the entrance of Ooni’s palace was shut to visitors, as only newsmen, chiefs and relations of Oba Sijuade were allowed into the premises.