Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the ooni of Ife has revealed why he knelt down in church following criticism from some quarters that he had abused his position with his action.
The traditional monarch was pictured kneeling during an installation thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Anglican, Ile Ife, on Sunday, December 13 and the picture went viral.
The picture received mixed reactions as while some people noted that there was nothing wrong with the action of the monarch, others criticized him for not respecting his position.
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Vanguard reports that in a statement signed by Moses Olafare, the director of communication and public affairs, ooni’s palace, Oba Adeyeye said his position could never be compared to the position occupied by God which was the reason for his action.
He said: “God is the creator of mankind and it is God who made it possible for the enthronement of any king.
“The ILE OODUA has been drawn to a publication released Wednesday 16th 2015 by an online medium known as NEWSPUNCH in which His Imperial Majesty, Ooni’risa & Arole Oodua Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) was criticized for bowing to God.
“God remains the highest KING OF KINGS who has kept all Kings alive and had made it possible for me to be crowned as the a 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 m life-journey and eventually crowned me as the Custodian of Oodua Race.
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“This act of equating me to God of Gods, King of Kings and the sole owner of the universe is a wicked sacrilege planned to embarrass the the throne.
“My emergence as Oba has been made possible only by the almighty Olodumare to whom I remain eternally grateful.”