Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi kneeling down in the church

After the picture of the newly crowned Ooni Ife surfaced online kneeling in the Church,many Nigerians which especially more of core Yoruba people took to social media to express their disappointment for his actions. according to them “the act of a traditional Yoruba King kneeling in a church is an affront and rubbishing of the traditional African religion which he is supposed to defend, practice and uphold”.

On the flip side, some others have blasted the Ooni for mixing Christianity with traditional African religions.

In the words of an angry social media user:

“The Queen of England from the lands who brought you Christianity doesn’t kneel in the church of England nor does she kneel for the god or Jesus, but the Ooni of Ife, a sacred lineage and position that preceded that of England, preceded Christianity now feels the need to insult our culture, people, intelligence and dignity by kneeling in some church! This is just disgusting!” – Teekay Arabambi Akin


There are several other blasting messages but we decided to post only this


Days after he through his Director of  Communication and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Ile Ife, Mr.  Moses Olafare said  ” It is an unacceptable sacrilege to equate Ooni’risa or other king to the almighty God. God Is the creator of mankind and it is God that made it possible for the enthronement of any king. Further more he said

“God remains the highest, the king of kings  who has kept all kings  alive and has made it possible for me to be crowned as the  king  of the source of Yoruba civilisation.
“I have no  regrets whatsoever for kneeling down to exalt the almighty God who did not only create me,  but also kept me alive, saw me through all the storms in my,  life-journey and eventually crowned me as the custodian  of Oodua race.
“This act of equating me to God of gods of king of kings  and the sole owner of the universe is a wicked sacrilege planned to embarrass the throne. My emergence as Oba has been made possible only by the almighty Olodumare to whom I remain eternally grateful.”


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