Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo land in Osun State, said on Thursday that no one, either king or his subjects, should bow to idols and only God is worthy of worship.
Oba Akanbi made the statement while being received by the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari, at the ancient palace of Ilorin, along side his queen and other traditional rulers from Iwo land.
“Not that I am against culture, but that those negative parts and loopholes in our culture should be filtered away and to retain ones that can add value to our existence”, the first-class tradiional ruler said.
He continues, “If I’m against culture, why will I be putting on Agbada which is globally known as a traditional regalia?”
Oba Akanbi had visited the Emir of Ilorin to foster their bilateral relationship in area of religion and growth of the two communities.
Iwo land is prominently known as home of leading Islamic scholars among its Yoruba counterparts. In fact, Oba Akanbi said Iwo was the first community to have Sharia Court, and the second town, apart from Meca, to have built a Mosque right at the spot where idol was removed.
“We have common background and popular for the similar believe, and I feel it will not be out of place for Ilorin and Iwo to rob minds on how the two communities will synagize for the benefit of our subject”, Oluwo told Emir of Ilorin in his address.
After the conquest of Ilorin by Shehu Alimi, Ilorin became one of the renown communities with in-depth knowledge and profession of Islamic studies. And the fact that Ilorin is a midland between the Southern and Northern Nigeria makes its location more spectacular.
The Oluwo also condemned in strong terms act of rituals which has led to the abduction of innocent souls either to make money or to appease the gods noting that “If there is blood money, the entire Nigerians ought to be as rich as Dangote.
“I don’t belief there is blood money and would continue to advise our people to be hardworking and find solace in the fact that only God has the power to do all things.”