The Obalufe of Ife, Chief Samuel Omisakin, the traditional prime minister of Ile-Ife and second in command to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, is ill, the New Telegraphhas reported.
The report revealed the 83-year-old foremost chief had been ill for about two weeks and was on admission at an undisclosed hospital in Ife. His ill-health is said to have been causing anxiety in traditional circle in the ancient town following Tuesday’s transition of the monarch in London.
Omisakin, who is the most senior chief in Ife, is by tradition to oversee the affairs of the kingdom pending the enthronement of a new king.
However, the Ife Royal Traditional Council still stuck to its position yesterday that Oba Sijuwade was “hale and hearty.”
Members of the council, comprising all traditional title holders from Ile Ife, met in Osogbo on Thursday, with the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, over the controversy surrounding the “rumoured” death of Oba Sijuwade.