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Ooni: Fresh Facts Emerge On Why Ife Traditional Chiefs Are Silent

Posted: Aug 8, 2015 at 2:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, OSOGBO.


Fresh facts have emerged on why the traditional chiefs of Ile-Ife have continued to deny the reported demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.

Investigations conducted yesterday revealed that their action was as a result of the delay in executing one critical traditional filial among the several secret passage rites that are to be done in heralding the passing on of the Ooni in the ancient town.

It was gathered that Ile-Ife tradition forbids any official pronouncement on the demise of the monarch until all necessary rites are observed and the appropriate chief makes a public announcement regarding his passage.

A source in the ancient town told Saturday Independent that an important ingredient to make the necessary sacrifice is not yet available, adding that without the completion of the traditional rites, no pronouncement can be made.

It was further gathered that all the fraternity groups in the town would have to perform certain rites on the remains in accordance with their individual doctrines before the official pronouncement of the demise of the monarch.

Another source told our correspondent that all the fraternity groups must be contacted to do the rites, which are normally done in the wee-hours, within the isolated forest of the Oduduwa shrine in Ile-Ife.

Some of the deities to be consulted by the fraternity groups include Ishoro, which is usually performed by Chiefs Osogun, Obalara and Lana and Emese.

Isoro is the custodian of all other deities and Obalara in charge of Obalufon shrine, while Emese is supposed to spread the news of the happening.

Yesterday, the chiefs still held another round of marathon meetings at the outer part of the palace courtyard.

It was further gathered that no member or relation of the departed monarch had the right to set eyes on the remains of the traditional ruler except such a person was a member of a fraternity involved in one of the necessary rites of passage.


His Death

News of the passage of the foremost Yoruba traditional ruler in a London hospital filtered into the society on July 28, 2015 but the traditional chiefs of Ife who are, by the custom of the ancient town, the custodians of royal authority to make formal pronouncement of his demise have denied he was dead.

Even as unusual traditional rites usually done after the passage of an Ooni of Ife have been going on in the town, the chiefs have maintained dead silence on the situation of the Ooni Olubuse 11.

However, the mood in Ife at the moment suggests that the Oba Sijuwade may have died. He was 85.

The royal father reportedly passed on at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, United Kingdom (U.K), where he was being treated.

St. Mary’s is a general acute hospital that diagnoses and treats a range of adult and paediatric conditions.

The hospital is one of the four Major Trauma Centres (MTCs) in London, acting as the hub for the northwest London trauma network and a vital part of the London-wide trauma system, which connects a series of trauma units and rehabilitation facilities.

It pioneered the use of robotic surgery, including the UK’s first da Vinci robot for keyhole surgery.

One of the late Ooni’s sons, Adegbite, who had picked the date for his traditional marriage with ace television presenter and actress Dolapo Oni had proceeded with the ceremonies last Sunday.

Adepite and Dolapo had their wedding introduction a few days ago at the Oni’s family compound in Lagos.

The late monarch mounted the throne as the 50th Oba in the ancient city in 1980, taking the regal name Olubuse II.

But he was crowned on December 6, 1980 at a ceremony that was graced by notable personalities, including the former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the late Oba of Benin, Omon’oba Nedo Uku Akpolopolo, the Amayanabo of Opobo and the Olu of Warri.

The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, sent representatives.

The late Ooni was born on January 1, 1930 in Ile-Ife to the Ogboru Ruling House. He was the grandson of Ooni Sijuwade Adelekan Olubuse I.