The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has urged monarchs in Yoruba land to offer their subjects various forms of assistance and words of encouragement to give them hope especially in the present economic situation in the country.
This is according to a reported interview the monarch held with a Nigerian newspaper, The Punch. In the interview, the Oba also urged his counterparts to discard idols in their palaces, saying God hates idolatry.
He stated, “Our palaces must be clean and devoid of any idol. There is authority in the mouth of any monarch who is clean and who shuns idol worshiping. Our palaces must be devoid of idols.
“I removed the ‘Ogun Odela’ in front of my palace and asked them to take it to Ogundigba (far from the palace) because of this. This happened about two weeks ago.
“Oba must not kneel down before anybody to pray. This is a message or a warning to all the kings and let me tell them that their palaces are the habitation of God on earth. God was dwelling with us before churches and mosques were built.”
The Iwo monarch explained that people should be able to come to palaces and pray to God, saying this would not be until the monarchs rid their palaces of strange gods, which he said could not help them.
Oba Akanbi said the era of monarchs sitting back in their palaces and expecting their subjects to bring tributes to them was long over. According to him, service to the people is a necessary requirement for any monarch to earn the love of his subjects.
This principle, the Oluwo said Oduduwa applied in order to become the greatest king in Yoruba land.