Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, Oluwo of Iwoland, has revealed that worshiping idols is tarnishing the rich culture and tradition of the Yoruba people.
According to Oba Akanbi, the Yoruba have one of the best ways of life, adding that the language could be adopted in the tertiary institutions to teach courses for the advancement of the larger society.
Oluwo made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in his palace in Iwoland, Osun State.
“Firstly, worshiping deities the way it is done in Africa is not about love. Worshiping of deities is actually deteriorating, causing a lot of damage to our rich culture and tradition. We can do this culture and tradition beautifully without worshiping deities,” Oba Akanbi stressed.
“We have a very rich and quality tradition, and our language is the best. But we haven’t moved. Do you know that we have not moved? Even these people that we’re talking about; the Chinese, the Russians, the Germans, the English, do all their courses and advance their education in their own languages.
“Even the Ethiopians are using their own language and I wonder why we haven’t moved. We don’t move because we have so many superstitions. Superstitions are limits and they limit us as humans. They are pegging our greatness so as saying that your forefathers are the only ones that are specially chosen. What are you, then? Are we not supposed to be greater than them?”
The Monarch opined that many people are running away from traditional institutions because of the superstitions that kings are involved in diabolical. He added that it is the duty of the kings to sensitize the people.
He decried that the majority of kings usually threaten their subjects with deities, making it difficult to rule their kingdoms successfully.