Why Alaafin’s aide called his death rumour

Shortly after the news of the demise of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, was broken, his media aide Bode Durojaiye dispelled it as a rumour.
Durojaiye, in a statement, called the death news an “unfounded rumour” while urging the public to disregard it.
“Precisely on Monday and Tuesday this week, Oba Adeyemi, accompanied by some of his wives (Ayabas), children, aides and well wishers was at the Durbar Stadium ,Oyo, for physical fitness exercises as usual.
“He has neither fallen sick nor rushed to the hospital for any serious ailment, hence he and his family remain agile and active .
“The general public should not entertain any fear at all, as IKu Baba Yeye is healthy, physically fit and mentally stable,” he said.
TheCornet however gathered that the manner in which the death of the first-class monarch was broken forced the palace to issue the rebuttal. According to tradition, such announcement must follow specific procedures and could only be made by the Oyomesi.

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