Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, on Friday said those who rumoured his death while he was on medical trip abroad should ask God for forgiveness.
Mr. Adetona, who stated this during his Eid-el-Kabir message at Idobi praying ground in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun, said despite the rumour, God saved his life.
It would be recalled that Adetona was flown abroad in June for medical treatment and returned on Oct. 22 to Ijebu-Ode.
During his sojourn abroad, there was rumour of his death.
The Awujale said he wondered why people were in hurry for him to die before his time.
Mr. Adetona, who explained that he was rushed abroad after he fell in his residence in Lagos, said the prayers of those who loved him saved his life.
“Many people spread the news of my death while I was abroad for medical treatment, but I thank God that I am alive.
“I wonder why people are in a hurry for me to die. Those who spread the news should go and ask God for forgiveness.
“It is only God that can determine when a man will die. Moreover, I don’t fear death because death is a debt that everybody must pay.
“I thank God that I am hale and healthy.”
On the forthcoming Ojude-Ode festival, Awujale said it would be the best ever celebrated.
Mr. Adetona added that Senate President, David mark would be the special guest of honour.
Earlier in his message, Abdulrasak Salaudeen, the deputy Chief Imam of Ijebu-Ode central mosque, appealed to government to improve health care delivery in the country.
Mr. Salaudeen said that most of the hospitals in the country were in bad shape with no modern equipment to work with and attributed it as the reason for mass exodus of people abroad for treatment.
The Imam also urged government to create jobs for the youth and improve security in the country.
Also speaking, Rasak Daddah, the Chairman of Ijebu-Ode local government, said the people of Ijebuland were happy that the Oba was alive to celebrate sallah with them.
“Awujale is a symbol of authority and culture for the Ijebus and for the country at large and we are happy that he came back from his medical trip.”