The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade is not dead as claimed by many Nigerian blogs and news media. The widespread false claim was refuted by the Royal Traditional Council (RTC). One of its members of the council, Oba Joseph Ijaodola told journalists yesterday that the traditional ruler is not dead.
Speaking, Joseph Ijaodola who serves as the Lowa of Ife said this is not the first time people are spreading false rumour about the monarch’s death.
They did it in 1984, in 2004 and now, these people are coming up with another rumour. Ooni remains in sound state of health.
Another member of the traditional council, High Chief Adetoye Odewole said they spoke to the Oba Okunade Sijuwade on phone earlier on.
Oba Okunade Sijuade became the fifth Ooni of Ife in December 1980. Prior to this he schooled at Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta and at Northampton College in UK before taking up a managerial position.