Vanguard reports that there is no truth in the reported death of Osun monarch, Oba Sijuade Okunade, the Ooni of Ife.
The Royal Traditional Council (RTC) of the town, on Wednesday, July 29, stated that the paramount ruler is alive and in good state of health.
The group, which has the traditional chiefs and title holders in Ile-Ife said Oba Sijuade is not only alive, he is also preparing for his son’s wedding holding Sunday, next week, in Lagos.
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Vanguard stated further, that sources close to the foremost traditional ruler revealed that the traditional wedding of the new couple took place last weekend in London.
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, who spoke in Yoruba, said the media report that the respected monarch died in a London Hospital of an undisclosed ailment, was not true.
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.
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“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.
Meanwhile, reports from the palace have it that people have been denied access to the palace of the monarch, as many people have thronged the royal home of the revered Oba to confirm the reports.