Osogbo - Adetokunbo Sijuwade, the son of
the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, on Wednesday officially announced
the death of the monarch, saying he would be buried on Friday.
Addressing newsmen at the Government Office in Osogbo, the
younger Sijuwade said that the body of the late monarch would be flown in from
London on Thursday and buried on Friday at 10 a.m.
Also speaking, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola said the "late Ooni
represented the Yoruba nation and has done a lot in uplifting the traditional
institution in the state."
Aregbesola, who read the last text message he received from
the Ooni at the briefing, said the late monarch informed him of his frail
health, adding that he was travelling to London for treatment.
Also read: Ooni of Ife passes on
He described the death of the Ooni as a great loss to the
state and the Yoruba race, stressing, however, that a king could not die in
Oba Solomon Omisakin, the Obalufe of Iromo and Vice Chairman
of the Ife Traditional Council as well as High Chief Joseph Ijaodola, the Lowa
of Ile-Ife, both corroborated what Sijuwade said.
They expressed gratitude to the people of Osun and prayed
that God would provide another king who would excel as the late Ooni did.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the press
briefing was also attended by the Ooni’s daughter, Mrs Aderounmu Fadeyi, and
members of Ife Traditional Council.