Reports of Ooni’s Death, a ‘Wicked Rumour,’ Chiefs Tell Governor Aregbesola


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade who was reported to have died on Tuesday, are still begging for answers, his chiefs are still firm in their belief that he is well. But still, there are, as yet, no clear and definite proof as to his state of health, one way or the other, reports about which had sent shock waves throughout Ife and beyond. Crowds of his subjects had assembled in front of the palace, anxiously waiting to hear from sources they could believe about their beloved ruler.

However, the crowd had dispersed following repeated assurances from the palace and traditional chiefs that the Ooni was not dead. In fact, the chiefs yesterday visited the state Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House where they told him to disregard the rumour about the passing on of, arguably, the foremost traditional ruler among the Yoruba.

They described such reports about the monarch as mere rumour fuelled by the wicked imagination of Ife detractors. But, if the chiefs had confirmed the worst, Ife residents had begun to prepare for the mandatory seven days of mourning.

Many had started stockpiling foodstuff since none of the markets would be open for business throughout the period.

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