The sisters of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, have denied claims that they interfere in the selection of his queens and are at loggerheads with his Oloris.
The sisters were recently accused of meddling in the palace affairs after the monarch’s wife, Evangelist Naomi Silekunola, announced her separation from the monarch through an Instagram post on December 23, 2021. Naomi who has a son for the monarch said she tried to make the three-year union work but the Ooni’s public identity is at variance with “his true self”
After her post went viral, some social media users pointed fingers at the monarch’s sisters. They were accused of causing the rift between their brother and Naomi.
However in a statement titled, ‘Campaign of calumny against the Ooni of Ile Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II & the royal sisters’, the sisters said there is no iota of truth to the allegations leveled against them. They stated that the monarch’s family has no say in his selection of who should be his Olori. They mentioned that they support the King’s Olori/s and have kept away from any of the matters concerning the private life of the monarch.
The statement in part reads “We refer to the campaign of calumny presently ongoing in many media blogs, media houses, on the social media and by hatchet jobbers against our family targeting us, the sisters of the Ooni of Ife as being the cause of any or all forms of misunderstanding or ‘imaginary problems’ in the Palace. These despicable humans have been circulating the ‘fake’ news on various fake media outlets on matters none of them have an inkling of but will like to speak with unreserved authority.
In his immense wisdom, Kabiyesi from inception has separated the entire family from the activities of ruling our people forthrightly without any hindrances. His selection of who should be his Olori’s is also done without any form of hegemony or disturbance from any of us or the family. We support our Olori/s and have kept away from any of the matters concerning the private life of our revered King and father, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.”