+ ‘We’re not aware of anything of such’ – Ife High Chief, Adekola Adeyeye
Surely, the last is yet to be heard of the collapse of Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi’s marriage to Olori Wuraola Otiti as much more facts are continuing to emerge about the shocking end of the widely celebrated wedlock.
A couple of days back, Osogbo, Osun based Ifa Priest, Chief Yemi Elebuibon reportedly warned the Edo born princess against remarrying without purifying herself traditionally as not doing so is inimical to her wellbeing. Not only that, it also potends a great danger in the life of Olori herself and that of her partner.
Speaking with encomium.ng on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the renowned Ifa priest insisted that the estranged wife of Oba Ogunwusi needs to undergo spiritual purification for herself and whoever she decides to settle down with to be at peace in their relationship. He added that it’s very rare to see an Olori of a revered monarch in Yoruba land separating from her husband because they have both become sacred once they are married.
“Yes, Olori Wuraola can’t just say she’s moving on without going through all the traditional procedures because Ooni is not an ordinary person again since he had completed all the required rites as Oba as Yoruba culture demands. He’s sacred likewise his wife. So, if in effect there’s separation between the two, the Olori especially will have to pass through some rituals and spiritual cleansing before that could be granted because she has dined and wined with the Oba.”
Probed further on the kind of rituals Olori Wuraola needs to under, he explained, “That has to be determined by the oracle. It’s after she consults the oracle that she will know what and what to do before she can move on.”
On whether the oracle was wrong for choosing Wuraola for Oba Ogunwusi, he reacted swiftly, “No, oracle can’t be wrong. But no one was there when they consulted the oracle. It may just be an ordinary speculation. And if that was truly done, did they actually work on it? It’s one that the oracles says something, it’s another thing entirely to work towards what the oracle has revealed. The oracle is not hypocritical and can’t be doubted.”
Meanwhile, when encomium.ng contacted Ooni’s third in command, Lowa Adimula of Ife, High Chief Adekola Adeyeye on the raging issue, he reacted, “We are not aware of any spiritual purification before the Olori can move on if she so decides. Maybe, you need to get back to Yemi Elebuibon that said that for details.
“However, issue of marriage break up is a private matter between a husband and his wife. There’s nothing new in that. And Ooni and his wife are human. I don’t really know why people are blowing the issue beyond proportion. You can come to the palace court to witness the number of cases of marital problems we resolve almost every time.”
On likelihood of Olori Wuraola returning to her estranged husband, he stated unequivocally, “Yes, who said that can’t happen? They can still resolve their differences. That’s what we call husband and wife. So, all hope is not lost yet on that.”
– TADE ASIFAT for encomium.ng