‘We Are Not Idol Worshippers, We Only Celebrate Water’ – Ooni Of Ife


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has stated during the Osun festival that indigenes of the town are not Idol worshippers and should not be addressed as that.

He said that water is life, hence, the need to celebrate it because it’s a way to reconnect with their creator.

The monarch said this while hosting Osun devotees in his palace as the ancient city celebrated the Osun festival on Sunday July 26.

He also noted that the pandemic is still ravaging the country and further urged Nigerians to follow laid down precautionary measures and avoid circulation of fake news.

Ooni of Ife said;

“Unlike the way we used to have it in Ife, we were forced to restrict this celebration which is a major festival in Ife.

“Our restriction made us to ensure that we don’t create more problems while trying to solve the one at hand. Osun festival as the world knows is the celebration of water and we all know that water is life.

“We’re using this instance to reconnect with our creator through nature to cleanse the world, and especially to end the pandemic. We are remembering our ancestors and it is unfair to call us idol worshipers.”