Oluwo of Iwo Bans Rituals, Oro Festival in His Domain
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi has ordered that the traditional Oro festival should no longer hold in the town.
Oba Akanbi also banned any form of sacrifice to appease god or deity in the town, declaring that anybody caught with sacrifice should be made to eat the materials.
The monarch gave the order in a viral video while speaking with some of his subjects.
Popularly called Telu, Oba Akanbi, in the video said, God is the only harbinger and sustenance of peace and tranquility; adding that “Only God can make Iwo peaceful; and He is the only one that can sustain tranquility in Iwo.
“There should not be any Oro in Iwo. If any oro comes out, it should be arrested. If anybody place sacrifice on the ground, ask the person to eat it. We don’t want any form of sacrifice. No sacrifice can make the town peaceful,” the Oluwo said.
“Only God Almighty can make the town peaceful. Everything is in God’s hands.
“They want to dirty the ground by pouring salt and palm oil. If you see anybody that pours palm oil on the ground, tell the person to immediately clean the place. After that, arrest him and bring such a person to me.
“Anybody found at Odo Oba pouring something to the river should be arrested.”
The Oluwo severally in times past had called for the jettisoning of deities to serve only one God, noting that as a monarch, he is only due to pay obeisance to the Almighty.