The Awujale of Ijebu Ode and paramount ruler of Ijebu Land, Sikiru Adetona, is alive, contrary to rumour, the monarch's cousin and Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga said that it is a rumour.
The rumour of the Awujale's passing started going viral on social media platforms, especially Facebook, Monday afternoon. “It's not true; he is alive and I spoke with him today,” said Mr. Onanuga. “He is in Lagos and he is just laughing over the rumour.”
Mr. Onanuga said the monarch was ill two weeks ago and travelled to Lagos for treatment at a hospital from which he was discharged two days afterwards.
“We are from the same ruling house; I'm his cousin. That's why we are close, not because of I'm a Journalist,” said Mr. Onanuga. Mr. Onanuga said it was not the first time the monarch would be rumoured to have died.
The Awujale was born in 1934 and ascended the Ijebu throne in 1960. “Yes, the man is old,” remarked Mr. Onanuga, “but he is fine.”
He disclosed the monarch is in popular Lagos hotel where he has been resting since he was discharged from the hospital. In Ogun State, a source at the palace of the monarch also debunked the rumour. ”Not true. Kabiyesi is recuperating and presently at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki,” the source said.
Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland, in Ogun State, is alive, hale and hearty, contrary to widespread rumours about his demise.
The 83-year old monarch, who is spending his 57th year on the throne was reported to have died today by some bloggers and websites. But it was all fake news. The respected monarch debunked the rumours about his death in a telephone conversation.
The Awujale has for the past week been a guest of Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, in Lagos, where he has been staying after a routine medical checkup in a Lagos hospital, two weeks ago.
Awujale expressed surprise that some bloggers could be spreading rumours about his death without confirming from the palace in Ijebu-Ode or from his chiefs.
“Why are people spreading rumours about my death, when I am right here at Oriental”, asked the baffled King.
He enjoined journalists to check the veracity of their information, before rushing to publish.
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