The chiefs of the Ile Ife traditional council on Thursday met the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, amid an air of uncertainty over the passing of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade,
The governor’s meeting with the Ife traditional title holders at his office in Osogbo, lasted for about 10 minutes.
The council members were led by the Lowa of Ife, Joseph Ijaodola, along with the secretary of the body, Adetoye Odewole.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Buisness, Babajide Omoworare, and other top Osun State government functionaries, were in attendance.
Although it was thought that the chiefs would use the opportunity to break the news of the death of the monarch to the governor, but they did not, instead they insisted that the Ooni was alive.
Mr. Ijaodola told Mr. Aregbesola that they were at his residence to update him about happenings around Mr. Sijuade and regretted that the Ooni was often a target of negative publicity with the press declaring him dead several times in the past.
“We were all shocked when we heard the rumour,” he said. “If at all such an incident had occurred, the traditional council would be the first to know and equally break the news to the entire public.
“Sixteen of us are his chiefs and when he was travelling out, he didn’t look like he was going to die and should that have happened to him, we would have been informed even before anyone would hear about it. We pray that Ooni Sijuade will live long in good health.”
Mr. Aregbesola, in his response, commended the chiefs for holding fort while the Mr. Sijuade was away.
He prayed for sound health and long life for Oba Sijuade and then went into a closed door meeting with the Chiefs.
The chiefs did not comment on the discussions they had with the governor, neither did the governor.