A Nigerian royal father, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that idol worshiping is not a sin against God Almighty as it was part of nature.
He warned people to stop taggging festivals
and deities celebrated in the ancient city of
Ile-Ife and all parts of Africa as bad.
His royal majesty made this known on
Wednesday while speaking at the 2016
celebration of ORANFE, the god of fire in Ile-
Ife, Osun State.
He said, “Those who keep sensitizing people against us that we are worshipping idols are not kind to African traditions.
“I am proud to be associated with culture and tradition. Ife has 201 out the 401 deities and they are all relevant.
“These deities are divine messengers of God sent for different purposes. One of them is ORANFE, the god of fire being celebrated here today.
“It is a pity that all powers in the possession of black men are being used for battles and power tussles.
“It is from these unique powers that the
west sourced technology and development
from, and they are now using it against us.
“Some of these deities also show the
mysteries of God. God wouldn’t have made
mistake in the creation of the deities. They
are representatives of sciences being taught in schools.
“It is very sad that the western world has
messed up our psyche and inflicted slavish
mentality on us making us to believe we are idol worshippers.
“This is a major factor responsible for the
poverty in the land. We left the positive
sides and allow the west to implant the
negative side in our brain.
“We are not idol worshippers. We are rather
believers in nature.
“I am not saying the commandments of God should not be adhered to, but we must
know that all these deities are messengers of God.
“They represent nature. Nothing can be
done without tradition regardless of
religion be it Islam or Christianity.
“We only honour nature because we are all
integral part of it and do not worship idols.
Some of the deities we worship are similar to those in islam and christian,” he restated.
Recall that the Ooni had caused controversy
on social media after he went down on his
knees to worship the christian God during a thanksgiving service after his coronation, saying Jesus was his father.