Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, suffered complications associated with prostate enlargement and predicted that the disease may kill him in March 2022, Premium Times quoted family sources.
The 83-year-old monarch passed away on Saturday morning at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti.
“I know what will kill me, I know this prostate problem will kill me,” a family source quoted the late monarch as saying, according to a report by Premium Times.
“He said that with age, his ability to fight (manage the condition) was reducing and that the condition was severely worsening,” the source said.
The source, who asked not to be named as he has no permission to brief journalists, said the monarch spoke with him in late March.
The accident had aggravated his condition, and he was then later moved to the Ado Ekiti hospital where he was placed on admission.
“On Thursday, his condition was stable, and he made a few calls to tell those close to him that he was getting fine,” the source added.
“But around 4:30 or 5 p.m. on Friday, everything changed. The person (Osi Efa) that was with him called and said we should be praying because he had stopped responding to treatments.
“The battle for his life started while those of us aware of the situation were scared but praying. But very late on Friday, or perhaps in the earliest hours of Saturday, he had his last moment and plans began to bring the remains home in an ambulance.”
Meanwhile, multiple palace sources said the monarch recently had a domestic accident, which caused him a hand injury.
The affected hand had to be bandaged. And when he had to make a public appearance when the Oluwo of Iwo, Adewale Akanbi, visited him on April 10, he used his cloth to cover the affected hand, the palace sources said, a matter that was confirmed by a royal.