Yesterday the death of the Awujale of Ijebu Ode and paramount ruler of Ijebu Land, Sikiru Adetona, was announced.
However his cousin says he is alive, contrary to rumour.
The monarch’s cousin and Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga has debunked the death rumors.
“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.”
His cousin said he 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 this was not the first time the monarch would be rumoured to have passed away.
Awujaleof Ijebu was born in 1934 and ascended the Ijebu throne in 1960.
“Yes, the man is old,” remarked Mr. Onanuga, “but he is fine.”
His cousin 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 also debunked the death rumour.
”Not true. Kabiyesi is recuperating and presently at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki,” the source said.