Why Ooni Of Ife’s Death Is Yet To Be Announced

Why Ooni Of Ife’s Death Is Yet To Be Announced

New details have emerged on why the palace is yet to officially announce the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

Leadership reports that, the silence is because Isoro cult members, who are carrying out necessary rituals on the late monarch, are yet to give their nod that the death is made public.

The body of Oni of Ife has already arrived in Ile’gbo, the place where the monarch was installed, sources hinted. The place is located within Ile Oodua, the late Ooni’s palace.

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An Ife traditional title holder said that Ooni’s remains arrived the palace and was received by members of Isoro cult early this week.

“His journey to the throne started from that place called Ile’gbo. That is where he was installed Ooni and that is the place [where] anyone that will succeed him will also be installed,” he said.

The body is being preserved through traditional means.

“All the rites will be done while the body is kept there. That does not mean that a formal announcement of his death will follow in the next two weeks.

“It may take months, depending on how fast the Isoro members are able to conclude the necessary rites.

 “The body is there as I speak to you but nobody except members of the cult can see it.”

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It would be recalled that the Chief priest of Oduduwa and Obadio Agbaye Orisun of Yoruba land, Oba Farotimi Faroba, had denied the reported arrival of the body of Ooni.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, reportedly died at a London hospital while undergoing treatment.

Source: Legit.ng

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