Monday, April 15, 2024

Osun monarch bars traditional worshippers from appeasing deities

BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

A traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has declared that engaging in any form of sacrifice to appease deities is forbidden in Iwo town.

He also ordered traditional religion worshippers in his domain to desist from holding their annual Oro festival.

Oba Akanbi said anybody caught with sacrifice should be made to eat the materials.

The monarch gave the orders in a viral video while speaking with some of his subjects.

In the video, Oluwo asked his subjects to arrest anyone indulging in Oro festival and drag such person to his palace.

He said God is the only harbinger and sustenance of peace and tranquility in the town and not gods or deities.

“There should not be any Oro in Iwo. If any oro comes out, it should be arrested. If anybody places sacrifice on the ground, ask the person to eat it. We don’t want any form of sacrifice. No sacrifice can make the town peaceful,” Oluwo said.

The monarch added, “Only God Almighty can make the town peaceful. Everything is in God’s hands.

“They want to dirty the ground by pouring salt and palm oil. If you see anybody that pours palm oil on the ground, tell the person to immediately clean the place. After that, arrest him and bring such a person to me.

“Anybody found at Odo Oba pouring something to the river should be arrested.”

Recall that Oba Akanbi had severally called for the jettisoning of deities and stressed that only God should be worshipped.

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