Oyo traditional priest Ashiru Oroleye dies at 77

Oyo Oro priest Ashiru Oroleye

Oyo-based Oro priest Ashiru Oroleye has died after a brief illness.

Aged 77, the Aaba Odofin of Iseyin died on Thursday at an undisclosed hospital in Iseyin.

His death has now stalled the process of selecting a new Aseyin of Iseyin in Oyo State.

The priest, who was installed as the Aaba Odofin Aseyin about seven years ago, according to the tradition of the town, must partake in the installation rites of the Aseyin.

“The tradition has it that the installation of any Aseyin must be done by the Aaba Odofin alongside other major priests like the Oluwo Aseyin of Iseyin,” a palace source, who pleaded anonymity, told PUNCH.

“All possible efforts would be put in place to have another Aaba Odofin in place soonest, so as not to hamper the ongoing selection process.'”

The late Aseyin, Oba Abdul-Ganiyu Salawudeen, died on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at the age of 62 after a protracted illness and the process for the selection of a new monarch has been on since then.