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Ooni: Aregbesola Meets Ife Royal Council

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 12:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti  –  OSOGBO


Anxiety has continued to envelop the entire Ile-Ife, cradle of Yoruba race over the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II in London Hospital even as members of the Ife Royal Traditional Council met Governor Rauf Aregbesola behind close door at the Oke-Fia Government House, Osogbo.

A visit to Ile-Ife revealed that the news of the demise of the monarch was the talk of the town and environs as people thronged the ancient palace in Ile-Ife to find out the authentic information about the condition of the traditional ruler.

There were mixed feelings about the correct information on the demise of the monarch as the traditional chiefs of Ife have continued to deny the news of his demise.

The Ife traditional chiefs stormed the Oke-Fia Government House yesterday around 10am and held close door meeting with Governor Rauf Aregbesola shortly after brief briefing on the condition of health of the monarch.

The meeting which lasted for about 10 minutes have in attendance head of Royal Traditional Council of Ile-Ife, Lowa of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola, secretary of the council, Chief Adetoye Odewole and top officials of Osun State Government particularly those who are indigene of Ile Ife including the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Babajide Omoworare.

Others are former member of Osun state House of Assembly, Hon. Adetilewa Sijuade, former commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Home Affairs, Mr. Sikiru Ayedun, Special Adviser to the governor on Youth and Sports, Mr. Biyi Odunlade.

Oba Ijaodola, who is next in rank to Oba Sijuwade, told Governor Aregbesola that Ooni is alive and in good state of health.

Oba Ijaodola stated that they were in Osogbo to update him about happenings around Oba Sijuwade and regretted that Ooni was often a target of negative publicity with the press declaring him dead several times in the past.

The monarch said: “we were all shocked when we heard the rumour. If at all such an incident had occurred, the traditional council would be the first to know and equally break the news to the entire public.

“Sixteen of us are his chiefs and when he was travelling out, he didn’t look like he was going to die and should that have happened to him, we would have been informed even before anyone would heat about it. We pray that Ooni Sijuade will live long in good health”.

Responding, Governor Rauf Aregbesola commended the chiefs for holding forth while Ooni Sijade was away.