By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
The Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, has called on the general public to ignore the viral picture doing the round, as the photograph of the new Prince has not been released to the public.
This call was made in a statement issued and made available to newsmen in Osogbo the state capital by the Director, Media & Public Affairs to Ooni’s palace, Comrade Moses Olafare.
The statement equally enjoined all Nigerians home and abroad to disregard the two viral pictures in circulation misrepresenting the newly born heir to the ancient sacred throne of the Ooni who joined the Ogunwusi royal family recently.
The statement said, “His father, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife who has the sole right to make the face of the baby public is yet to do so, as essential traditional rites to formally welcome the Prince in accordance to our culture and traditions are still ongoing.
“The Arole Oduduwa wishes to unequivocally and emphatically state that the pictures are not that of his son, he wants the public to ignore the social media circulation of the pictures capable of threatening the privacy of the babies in those pictures and their parents.
“Journalists and bloggers are hereby urged to always verify sources of news materials and pictures before publishing or posting so as to avoid ‘Invasion of Privacy’ which is an actionable offense punishable by law” the statement said.
The statement further said that both the child and mother were doing well as the palace remained agog with jubilations and congratulatory visits on a daily basis.