The Chief Priest of Oduduwa and Obadio Agbaye Orisun of Yoruba land, Oba Farotimi Faroba, has categorically denied the fact that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, may have gone to join his ancestors.
Oba Farotimi Faroba would also reject reports that the remains of the Ooni has been flown from London to Ile-Ife, in Osun state.
Faroba said this on Sunday, August 2, while speaking with NAN in Ile-Ife.
He said:
“Ooni is hale and healthy, and that is to confirm to you that nothing has happened to him. And if he is still alive why the rumuor that his remains has arrived in the ancient town? Ooni’s death cannot be hidden.”
“Assuming his reported death is true, you will notice crowd at the main palace gate, while the gate would be locked and no one will be allowed to enter. Also, the Oduduwa chief priest will announce the demise of the Ooni upon sounding of a bell at Enuwa square located in front of the palace.”
“After the announcement, all the trees in the market would be cut; markets would be closed while all forms of merrymaking such as drumming or partying would be suspended in town for a number of days.”
“Ooni is second in command to the deities and if anything happen to him, the 200 gods and goddesses would be aware before Oduduwa chief priest would announce it. I am saying all these to confirm to you that Ooni is still alive,” Faroba said.

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