Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, has come under criticism for his deprecating comment on Yoruba traditional practices.
The ceremonial king reiterated his long-held view on the involvement of traditional rulers in idol worshipping at a annual religious function, known as the Olodumare Day.
He said at the function, “Other Yoruba kings must come in tandem with this because they can’t be God’s representatives and still worship other gods.
“God is the real king, and the earthly king who is now fetish is not representing God well. Any king who worships other gods or is a fetishist should abdicate the throne and become an herbalist. There is no deity that is called Kabiyesi.”
The comment, however, drew a sharp criticism from renowned Ifa priest, Ifayemi Elebuibon.
“Odu Ifa established Iwo town, not a Qu’ran. At best, Oluwo can go to Saudi Arabia and be king there and not in Yorubaland. He is misinterpreting Yoruba monarchy,” Elebuibon allegedly said.