The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that idol worship is not a sin against God Almighty as it was part of nature.
He warned people stop taggging festivals and deities celebrated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and all parts of Africa as bad.
His royal majesty made this known on Wednesday while speaking at the 2016 celebration of ORANFE, the god of fire in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
He said, “Those who keep sensitizing people against us that we are worshipping idols are not kind to history.
“I am proud to be associated with nature. Ife has 201 out the 401 deities and they are all relevant.
“These deities are divine messengers of God sent for different purposes. One of them is ORANFE, the god of fire being celebrated here today.
“It is a pity that all powers in the possession of black men are being used for battles and power tussles.
“It is from these unique powers that the west sourced technology and development from, and they are now using it against us.
“Some of these deities also show the mysteries of God. God wouldn’t have made mistake in the creation of the deities. They are representatives of sciences being taught in schools.
“It is very sad that the western world has messed up our psyche and inflicted slavish mentality on us making us to believe we are idol worshippers.
“This is a major factor responsible for the poverty in the land. We left the positive sides and allow the west to implant the negative side in our brain.
“We are not idol worshippers. We are rather believers in nature.
“I am not saying the commandments of God should not be adhered to, but we must know that all these deities are messengers of God.
“They represent nature. Nothing can be done without nature regardless of our religion be it Islam or Christianity or even traditional.
“We only honour nature because we are all integral part of it and do not worship idols. Some of the deities we worship have roots in the holy books,” he restated.
Recall that the Ooni had caused controversy on social media after he went down on his knees to worship God during a Thanksgiving Service after his coronation, saying Jesus was his father.