Oluwo of Iwo advises against idol worship by monarchs

Oluwo of Iwo

A traditional ruler, the Oluwo of Iwo in Osun State, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has advised Yoruba monarchs to eschew idol worship. He also encouraged worship only God almighty, even as traditional rulers.

He made this statement at the annual Olodumare Day celebration on Wednesday in Iwo, which was characterized by praises to God. There were individual and group sessions of praises to God, as the event was monitored by The Punch.

The traditional ruler also spoke against being fetish and doing things that does not glorify God. He added that anyone who wants to worship idols should quit the throne and become traditionalists.

He said, “Other Yoruba kings must come in tandem with this because they can’t be God’s representatives and still worship other gods.

“God is the real king, and the earthly king who is now fetish is not representing God well. Any king who worships other gods or is a fetishist should abdicate the throne and become an herbalist. There is no deity that is called Kabiyesi.”

He also spoke on the forthcoming elections, adding that Nigerians should commit the elections into God’s hands. He also encouraged Nigerians to be patient.

However, a renowned Ifa priest based in Osogbo, the Araba Awo of Osogbo, Ifayemi Elebuibon, disagreed with the Oluwo of Iwo. He noted that the latter was not interpreting the Yoruba monarchy correctly.

Elebuibon said, “Odu Ifa established Iwo town, not a Qu’ran. At best, Oluwo can go to Saudi Arabia and be king there and not in Yorubaland. He is misinterpreting Yoruba monarchy.”

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