Ooni of Ife dies at 85

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, has died at
the age of 85 in a London hospital.
The monarch was said to have died around 5pm on
Tuesday (today).
Relevant officials, who spoke to our correspondent
on Tuesday night, however, refused to confirm the
monarch’s death, saying they did not want to be
quoted on the death of the foremost traditional ruler,
who was said to have passed away on Tuesday.
“I have heard but please, I don’t want to be quoted
on this. People have been calling but nothing has
been made public. You see, another person is
calling me from London,” the source said before
picking the other call.
Another source, who spoke on condition of
anonymity to our correspondent, explained that Oba
Sijuwade was flown out of the country from Ibadan
about five days ago in an unconscious state.
“Kabiyesi was flown out of the country about five
days ago in an air ambulance. He was
unconscious;  his situation was critical.
“As a matter of fact, some people have been
weeping in the palace since the weekend because
of his situation when he was flown out from Ibadan
in that air ambulance,” he said.
Oba Sijuwade became the fiftieth traditional ruler or
Ife in 1980.
Just last week, the Ooni resolved the industrial
dispute between the management of the Obafemi
Awolowo University and some staff of the
institution, who had embarked on an indefinite
strike.

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