The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi has asked Yoruba monarchs to agree with his opposition to idol worship and bow to only God Almighty.
On Wednesday, Oba Akanbi delivered a speech during the annual Olodumare Day celebration in Iwo, where a number of musical ensembles and individuals chanted thanks to God.
The monarch advised those who sought to worship idols to renounce their thrones and adopt traditional values, insisting that any sovereign who is fetishistic does not represent God.
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.”
The Araba Awo of Osogbo, a well-known Ifa priest with roots in Osogbo, however, disagreed with the monarch said he was misinterpreting Yoruba monarchy when called for comment.
He 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.”