Thursday, August 13

Aregbesola reveals content of Ooni’s last text message

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday revealed the content of a text message the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, sent to him before he passed away.

“His Excellence, I am still not feeling good, So I am travelling abroad for medical check up of my body therefore I place your government under God’s guidance,”

Mr. Aregbesola made this known in Osogbo on Wednesday at a press conference where members of the family of the late monarch and his traditional council members officially announced his passing away.

The governor had disclosed last Friday that he received a text message from the monarch shortly before he left the country and would share the contents with the public as soon as it was convenient.

“The late Ooni represented the Yoruba nation and has done a lot in uplifting the traditional institution of the state,” Mr. Aregbesola said.

He added that the death of the Ooni was a great loss to the state and the Yoruba race but noted that the “king is not dead” because people do not say the king is dead in Yorubaland.

According to the monarch’s son, Adetokunbo Sijuwade, the remains of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, will finally be laid to rest on Friday, August 14 at 10am.

Mr. Sijuade said his father’s body would be flown in from London on Thursday. Obalufe of Iremo,who is also the Vice Chairman of the Ife Traditional Council, Solomon Omisakin, and the Lowa Of Ile-Ife, Joseph Ijaodola, both affirmed the burial date of the Ooni at the press conference.
They also said they were happy with the life led by the late Ooni and praised his legacies.

While thanking the people of Osun State for their support for the late Ooni, they prayed God to help them get a better traditional ruler who would achieve better things for his people.

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