The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, on Thursday, August 20, 2020, has ordered that Egba indigenes all over the world should start eating new yam.
The Alake made the pronouncement yesterday at the Ake Palace, to mark the first day of Yoruba Traditional Calendar, the Isese Day, which coincides with the eating of the new yam in Egbaland.
The declaration was made by Oba Adedotun after traditional exhortations and special prayers by the Egba traditional worshippers for the Alake , the Egba people at home and abroad as well as the people of Ogun state and Nigeria as whole.
The Alake observed that Ifa religion did not, as generally believed among other religious faithfuls, exclude the idea of one true God, the omnipotent, the omniscient and the omnipresent.
The Alake noted that if other monotheistic religions were sending prayers through saints and prophets, the Yoruba traditional religion might also believed that their exhortation and supplications to the Almighty God would be fast tracked by going through local iconic and revered personalities who they believe have been specially created by God.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo therefore urged all Egbas not to look down on traditional religionists as people who are nor aware of a one true God rather they should be given respect and understanding as they regard the so called deity as their representatives and prophets of the Almighty God on Earth.
The Alake reminded the Egbas that the Yoruba race believe that it was the character of the individuals that shows whether he has a good or bad religion, adding that, loving and caring for our neighbours as ourselves, and extending mutual respect, understanding and justice to all, should be the best religious mantra of everybody’s personal religion.
In his sermon, Eekerin Onifa of Egbaland, Chief Falola Alawode, explained that Ifa traditional religion was being largely misunderstood and misinterpreted because of the way and manner the non African Missionaries handed their religions to the Yoruba and other African races.
They had all along denied that the Yorubas didn’t subscribe to the idea of One Supreme Being, adding that they knew we did.
Chief Falola Alawode cited the widely believed notion that Yoruba traditional religion allowed the worship of Satan (Esu).
He argued that, in actual fact was rather meant to persuade the Satan to peacefully go away rather than engage him in a fierce battles.
The Ekerin Onifa Egba likened the Yoruba Religion Situation to one other religion which says, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar” and another which begs the Satan to depart from him whenever he wants to begin a task, “O God, as I start this task, keep Satan away from me.”
The Ifa priest explained further that the Yoruba traditional religion would rather persuade the Satan (Esu), give what he wanted, than engage him in a fight like some other religions.