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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

"I am Alive, Hale and Hearty", Says Awujale Oba Sikiru Adetona

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The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, has dismissed rumors of his passage, saying he is alive, hale and hearty.

The 83-year old monarch, who is spending his 57th year on the throne was reported to have died today by some online publishers.

The monarch debunked the rumors in a telephone conversation with the News Agency of Nigeria.

The Awujale has for the past week been a guest at Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, in Lagos, where he has been staying after a routine medical checkup in a Lagos hospital, two weeks ago.

He expressed surprise that some bloggers could be spreading such rumors without confirming from the palace in Ijebu-Ode or from his chiefs.

“Why are people spreading rumors about my death, when I am right here at Oriental,” he asked.

He enjoined journalists to cross-check their information before rushing to publish.

contrary to rumour, the monarch’s cousin and Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga said.

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 traveled to Lagos for treatment at a hospital from which he was discharged two days afterward.

“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.

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