OYOGist.com has learned that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said he owes nobody any apology for kneeling down to worship God during the thanksgiving service held in his honour at the Paul’s Anglican Church, Ife.
Just last week,The Ooni of Ife also knelt down before St.Jude Anglican church which also generated series of criticism from yorubas and the nation at large.
Oba Adeyeye In a statement on Thursday in Osogbo through Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Ife, Mr. Moses Olafare.
Ogunwusi said it was wrong to equate any king, no matter his status, with the Almighty God who created the heavens and the earth, saying the comment was an attempt to embarrass the throne.
Ogunwusi said since the Almighty God is not Ooni or any king’s mate, he would not stop to worship and revere Him because it was God who enthroned him.
The statement partly read, “It is sacrilege to equate Ooni’risa or other kings to the Almighty God. God is the creator of mankind and it is God that made it possible for the enthronement of any king.
“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 regret 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 the Oodua race.
“This act of equating me with the God of gods, of the King of kings and the sole owner of the universe is 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.