Afenifere leaders meet top Ife chiefs

A week after the burial of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, leaders  of the pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun State, met top traditional chiefs of the ancient town.
The meeting, which started around 2.25pm at the residence of the Asiwaju of Ife, Chief Alex Duduyemi, lasted for about 45 minutes.

Afenifere leaders at the meeting included Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, who arrived at the residence of Chief Duduyemi around 1.30pm.

Some of the Ife traditional chiefs at the meeting were the Obalufe of Iremo, Oba Solomon Omisakin and Lowa of Ife, Oba  Joseph Ijaodola.

Though details of the meeting could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, sources said “it was just a condolence visit of the Afenifere leaders on the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade.”

The Afenifere leaders later visited the palace where a condolence register was opened for the late monarch, before proceeding to the residence of one of the wives of Oba Sijuwade, Olori Morisola Sijuwade.

Speaking on what informed the meeting of Afenifere leaders at his residence, the Asiwaju of Ife, Chief Duduyemi said “the leaders of the Afenifere group, which is a revered Yoruba body only came commiserate with us on the demise of late Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. There is nothing spectacular about the meeting.”

When our correspondent inquired from  Obalufe of Iremo, Oba Omisakin on the motive behind the meeting with Afenifere, he stated that “they only came to condole with us over the passage of the late Ooni, Oba Sijuwade. There is no big deal about their presence.”

Commenting on the late monarch, Chief Adebanjo maintained that “Oba Sijuwade had left the throne better than he met it. The Yoruba race will never forget his role in globalising the monarchy of Ife and the dynasty of Oduduwa land.”

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