The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has stated that it is unfair to address Osun worshippers as idol worshipers, as some other religion leaders argue that Osun worshipping is demonic.
The worshipping of Sun – a river goddess – is rife is Nigeria and trends globally.
Also, some Yoruba cultural activist have argued that Osun is a spiritual system followed by some Yorubas who believe in it and not part of Yoruba culture.
The separation of religion (spirituality) and culture have been a problem among the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
Primarily, the Christians tagged the Osun worshipping as Marine Worship, which they claim is demonic, whilst the worshippers counter-argue that Osun is one of Yoruba goddesses.
The royal father cleared the air on the Osun controversy said when he hosted 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.
The Oba 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.”