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Ooni: Ife Traditional Chiefs In Crucial Meeting

Posted: Aug 4, 2015 at 6:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti  –  OSOGBO


Traditional rulers, chiefs and kingmakers in Ile-Ife on Monday held a crucial close door meeting over the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II.

A visit by Daily Independent to Ile-Ife revealed that the Monday meeting was the first to be held by traditional rulers, chiefs and kingmakers in Ile-Ife since Tuesday, July 28, 2015, when the news of the demise of the monarch was reported in the media.

Before the crucial meeting, the town-crier, as early as 6am, had gone round the heart of the town ringing a bell and assuring residents of the ancient town of their safety despite the continuation of the ‘Oro Festival’ preparatory to the official pronouncement of the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II.

An impeccable source revealed that all the kingmakers in Ile-Ife who are also the cabinet members of Ooni attended the meeting with some traditional title chiefs and rulers, including Lowa of Ile-Ife, Jaaran, Agoro, Arodo, Osanire, Laade, Irabese, Lodihosi, Obajio, Obalaran, Waasin and Obalaaye.

Though it was said that the Obalufe, Oba Solomon Omisakin, the traditional prime minister to Ooni and second in command was absent from the meeting, due to ill-health, Chief G. A. Owoyemi could not also make it because he had given up the ghost few days ago.

The meeting, it was learnt, lasted for several hours and participants at the meeting were not ready to speak with anybody as some messengers drove away people from the palace while the meeting was about to end.

No reason was given for the convocation of the meeting, but it was gathered that it might not be unconnected with the continuation of the traditional burial rites of the late monarch.

A source confirmed that the remains of the monarch had arrived the ancient town of Ile-Ife in the wee hours of Sunday, adding that people were barred from seeing it except for traditionalists.

The source noted that anybody that sets eye on the remains and is not culturally allowed to do so may be inflicted with a strange disease which will eventually claim his or her life.

Some of the traditional chiefs that attended the meeting were seen dressed in white clothes with robes across their neck down.

It was further gathered that the crucial meeting necessitated by the arrival of the corpse.

It was also gathered that the official pronouncement of the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse may be made soon.