The Ifa Priests in Egbaland have tackled the traditional ruler of Ibara, Olubara of Ibaraland, Oba Olufemi Jacob Omolade over statement allegedly credited to him that performing traditional rites does not exist as regards the issue of Obaship in Egbaland.
Penpushing reports that notable traditionalists which include Ojubona Onifa of Egbaland, Chief Onifade Ogundele as well as Oluwo-Ifa of Egbaland, Chief Ifagbeminiyi Attanda Baoku and Oluwo Ifa of Ogun State, Chief Aregbesola Anipupo at a press conference expressed contrary views over the monarch comments.
The Ifa Priests in regards this development called on the Paramount ruler of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Gbadebo to call the Olubara to order, shortly after their meeting held at Gbodu Egba in Kobiti area of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital
Penpushing further reports that they pointed out that such uncomplimentary comment was capable of destroying the rich traditions and customs of Egbaland if not checkmated by the Alake as the Paramount ruler in the Kingdom
The Priest accused the traditional ruler of relegating Egbas traditions and custom on Obaship installations and rites to the background, and vehemently kicked against Olubara’s claim that Ifa oracle does not play any divined role in the selection of traditional rulers in Egbaland.
Penpushing also reports that they reminded Olubara on the divine role of Ifa-oracle in his selection as a traditional ruler in ascending the throne of his fore fathers in Ibaraland, and described his claim as a complete falsehood.
The traditionalists expressed shock that a traditional ruler who should be custodian of culture and traditions should turned around to destroy it after his ascension to the throne for past 30 years, emphasizing that it is about strict adherence to customs and traditions of Yoruba land and nobody under the guise of Christianity or Islam should discard such traditional rites
“Whoever is not comfortable with our traditions and customs on Obaship installations and rites should quit the throne, we will not allow anybody to destroy our tradition and beliefs under the guise of Christianity and Islam. They should not dictate to us how we should practice our traditions inherited from our forefathers”,
Penpushing reports that the Ifa Priests numbering about 200 at the meeting included Chairman of the House of Assembly of the Association, Chief Ifalola Alawode, Chief Ifasesan Abati, Chief Ifasola Akanbi, Chief Olaifa Adisa Awoyemi , Chief Adeniyi Ayinla Fagbemi, Chief Ifaniyi Awoyemi amongst others.
The traditionalists also took a swipe at the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon Olakunle Oluomo for not verifying his claim that the body parts of a traditional ruler is usually mutilated by traditionalists before burial
Penpushing further reports that they cautioned Oluomo not to destroy the age-long tradition of Yoruba land under the guise of the new Ogun State Obaship installations and rites law, saying Yorubas through traditional rulers have running their towns and villages before the advent of colonial masters who came with their foreign religion and beliefs
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