The Awara of Iwara-Ife, Oba Layi Adereti yesterday disclosed that the official proclamation of the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II would be made on Wednesday 12th August 2015.
Consequent upon this, residents of the ancient town have been charged to keep away from the streets between the hours of 9am and 4pm during which the Oro deity will be out Speaking on the preparation of the burial of the monarch who died at Saint Mary Hospital in London about two weeks ago, Oba Adereti, who spoke for the first time on the reported demise of the foremost monarch said the Oro festival is the final rite of passage for the Ooni.
Oba Adereti who is also the head of Oro Cult in the entire Ile- Ife said that all residents of the ancient town whether male or female would remain indoor during the Oro rite.
He declared that after the Oro rite and proclamation, subsequent rites will follows appealing to all resident to heed the restriction order from the palace. The monarch who noted that only female are normally barred when Oro festival is being carried out said this time around, the Oro has no respect for any gender.
His words: “This is an official statement from the palace of Awara of Iwara-Ife who is the head of Oro diety that on Wednesday 12th August 2015, there would be official proclamation of the demise of Ooni of Ife. The proclamation will be made public during the Oro festival, being the final rites on the demise of Ooni of Ife.
“The residents of the ancient town are therefore urged to keep away from the streets between the hours of 9am and 4pm during which the Oro diety will be out. “With the announcement, people are advised to stay in-door for the period when the Oro will be out.” Since Tuesday 28th July 2015 when the news of the demise of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II was reported in the media, traditional chiefs in Ile-Ife have continued to deny the report saying that the monarch is alive and hale.
-Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo