Yesterday, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuade Okunade, was declared dead but, there has been a new twist to the story as Vanguard reports that the news is false. However, the Royal Traditional Council (RTC) of the town, on Wednesday, July 29, stated that the ruler is alive and in good health.
They further added that the Oba is preparing for his son’s wedding which would hold next week Sunday, in Lagos.
While addressing newsmen at the House of Chiefs located within the premises of Ile-Oodua palace of the Ooni, Lowa of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola, spoke to the media disregarding the report that the respected monarch died in a London Hospital of an undisclosed ailment.
Secretary of the RTC who spoke in 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.
“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,” he was quoted to have said.