The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has called on monarchs to eschew idol worship and keep away idols from their palaces.
Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi said this through a telephone interview in Osogbo with PUNCH.
“Our palaces must be clean and devoid of any idol. There is authority in the mouth of any monarch who is clean and who shuns idol worshiping. Our palaces must be devoid of idols.
I removed the ‘Ogun Odela’ in front of my palace and asked them to take it to Ogundigba (far from the palace) because of this. This happened about two weeks ago.
Oba must not kneel down before anybody to pray. This is a message or a warning to all the kings and let me tell them that their palaces are the habitation of God on earth. God was dwelling with us before churches and mosques were built,” he said.
Speaking further, the monarch disclosed that God hates idolatry, and that God would not help any town whose king worshiped other gods.
Citing Oduduwa as an example, the Oba urged kings to love and serve their people and not wait for them to bring tributes to the palace.
He also said that Oduduwa became the greatest king in Yorubaland as a result of his service and love for his people.