The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has reiterated that idol worshipping was alien to Kingship in Yorubaland.
He said the foundation of every crown is God, challenging the infiltration of idolatry to subdue the sacred symbol of God on earth.
Oluwo described kings as representatives of God on earth whose conducts should model pure monarchy of no secondary means to communicate with God.
He affirmed idolatry as alien to Kingship, noting crowns are sacred, authoritative and exclusive property of God.
He tagged deity’s infraction to kingship as demeaning and an affront on Olodumare, appealing to monarchs of conscience to respect God they represent on throne by resigning to His authority alone.
God is the king, that means the palace where the king lives should be the house of God. The only odium and rival of God in that palace is the deities or idols. “Oba Kiipe Meji Laafin” meaning”There cannot be two kings in a palace”.
“Idols must not be in a king’s palace. Go and tell the kings. You married a wife and she brought another man to the house, how would it be? That is what the kings in the Yorubaland are doing to God. Yet, they are looking for God’s blessing.
According to him, “Any of our fathers that were monarchs and worshipped deities were wrong. I take a bold step to apologize for their mistakes. The damage deity worshipping by monarchs has caused us is monumental. I will lead the path to right the past mistakes in the Yoruba traditional system. We can celebrate our exceptional fathers, we must not worship them unless we want our children to worship us too.
“Idol worshipping is a strange religion to kingship. Yoruba even said it “Ori laba bo, abafi Orisha sile. This is not about Christianity or Islam. It is a pure dictate of Olodumare, the Creator after creation.
“Kings as representatives of God, we owe that God prime responsibility of promoting His oneness from worshipping His rivals. Only monarchs bear the same name with God. And the same monarchs are promoting God’s rivals.
“My royalty is synonymous with the one brought by the founding father of Yoruba crown (Oduduwa). Only God is the king. Oduduwa fought deity and won Obatala. The greatest of God’s name is ‘King’. No one else bears that name with him except monarchs.
“As such, we are just earthly representatives. Expectedly, we must respect His likeness and eschew HIS don’ts. By doing so, we have a direct access to HIM and have unquestionable commandments. But because some kings promote HIS rivals (deities), thus, spiritually castrated by resigning themselves to static gods. I’m sent to enlighten all the monarchs in Yoruba land that they are greater than deities.
Oduduwa precede most of these deities. When Oduduwa was alive, Ogun and Sango were never born. The only one Oduduwa knew was Obatala. Oduduwa won him and he prostrated. How could he bowed for them?” Oluwo queried. I challenge all Professors of Yorubas and kings to tell me a deity Oduduwa worshipped.