Aregbesola: Oba Okunade Sijuwade has joined his ancestors

ooni-and-aregbeshola-702x336The funeral rites for the transition of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II climaxed yesterday with the proclamation of the passage of the reverred monarch.

Even though Oba Sijuwade died in a hospital in the United Kingdom on July 28, the Ife Tradi­tional Council had rebutted the media reports an­nouncing his passage, insisting that the monarch was alive.

The Head of the Oro Cult in Ife, who is also the Aware of Iwara Ife, Oba Layi Adereti, had on Tuesday, said traditional worshippers in the town would perform some rites on the passage of the Ooni yesterday.

Consequently, he urged residents to stay indoors between 9a.m. and 4p.m. that the rites would last.

The announcement was preceded with tradi­tional priests taking over the ancient town per­forming one form of traditional rites or the other.

Among them were the Oro cultists which alleg­edly went round the town to appease the gods of the land for smooth transition of the late influen­tial Yoruba Oba.

While the passage rites lasted, the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, officially anounced the transition of the 51st Ooni whom he described as an embodiment of culture and tradi­tion. -The Sun

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