“You can be an Oba without worshiping idols”—-Ogun Monarch

Onibudo of Ayetoro-Budo, His Royal Highness Oba Adewumi Adeniji Odutola is a rare bred. An Oba with a difference. Last week Monday at his Palace in Ayetoro-Budo, Oba Odutola says you can be an Oba without worshiping idols while explaining the covenant he had with God that brought about his annual praise night scheduled to hold on Friday 13 December,2019. He speaks to some select media. Victor Oriola brings the reports

Excerpts.

About Ayetoro-Budo Annual Praise Festival 

“The only festival that we have in Ayetoro-Budo is to praise God every year. I wish I could do it more than once in a year, but it requires huge amount of money. God asked me to do certain things and that if I fulfilled my own part, He would help me in a certain areas. It’s a covenant between God and I. And God has been faithful.”

With the title, “ Emmanuel, God is with us,” Oba Odutola said the fourth edition of the praise night which comes up on Friday 13 December,2019, at the Onibudo Palace will feature so many Gospel artistes such as Paul Friday aka Omo Abule, DEWOLEY, Ambassador Adegbite, Atabatubu, and Elijah Daniel.

Others are Aduke Gold, Deborah Ajayi, Tolu Davies and African Praise Apostle. Ministering in the Word is Apostle D O Ayeni. The red carpet will begins from 8.30pm and ends by 9.30pm, while the All night praise will begins from 10.00pm till dawn.

The revered monarch said he embraced God at the early stage of his life because his father who was the last Baale before the Stool was upgraded to full Oba by the previous administration was a born again Christian who worshipped God in Spirit and Truth while alive.

“ As a matter of fact, God used my late father, High Chief Paul Abiodun Adeniji, to destroy the idols we used to worship in our family. We worship Obatala and Sango here before , but my father abolished it and started the message of Christ. That’s not to say I’m against anyone’s faith in my town-No, everyone is free to practice his faith without let or hindrance. What you believe in is a personal thing.

“In fact, when they want to do their thing they come here and I will give them money as support,  but I also use the opportunity to preach Christ to them. During the Ramadan period , I will fast and pray with them. I also ensure that I organize for them to break their fast here.

“We also organise Ramadan lecture here during the Ramadan.” He said.

My Evangelical Voyage

Oba Odutola who said he is trying his best to convince those who have the erroneous beliefs that traditional institution is associated with fetish things and paganism, especially his fellow Obas, said he would organize a forum where all these issues would be discussed. 

I am thinking of organising a Christian program for traditional rulers. I want to let the world know that being a king or traditional ruler doesn’t make u an idol worshipper. People will tell you you cant be an Oba without doing the needful,  but I want to urge traditional rulers not to conform. It is God that makes kings. God gave me an assignment to always worship him yearly in this community and also to bring other kings to the truth. The program for this year is on the 13th  of this month, in my compound; from 10.00pm till dawn.

He is of the opinion that the traditional institution being a sacred one should be accorded the respect it deserves. “ It is God that makes King”. He said.

Our Road Is Topmost Priority 

Oba Odutola said the topmost priority of his people is the road which is in deplorable condition and would want the state government to also considered it a top priority.

On security, drawing inference from Zamfara state where the Governor, Bello Matawale, after sacking some Emirs enjoyed relative peace compared to what it used to be, explained that if a monarch is opposed to crime and criminality, it will be difficult for the bandits to have a foothold and operate freely in the community.

“ I know that since we are in a boundary between Lagos and Ogun state, chances are that some criminals from Lagos state may want to use this area. And again, because of the river here which stretches to the Atlantic Ocean, I have to meet with the Inspector General of Police for police protection for my people and he has graciously approved an X-Squad of Mobile Police here. I will soon complete their barracks to make them comfortable for optimum performance.” He said.

About My Foundation 

The youths of Ayetoro-Budo are not left out of Oba Odutola’s slender arms full of kindness. Hear him, “ I know that an idle hand is a devils workshop, so I have a foundation taking care of the youths. We pay for NECO/GCE and JAMB and also organise coaching for them. I also have those we pay their school fees in higher institutions. And those who want to learn trade or train to be carpenters , bricklayers, etc are encouraged to do so, but the challenge is the funds. Because people come with a lot of demands that you can not meet up with everything.”

As for the widows, the monarch said that has become a must for him to take care of them despite the fact that they keep increasing every year. I wish I could do more, but paucity of funds is our major constraint. 

Why I’ M Not Supporting Hate Speech Bill

Oba Odutola said the Senate seems not to have gotten its priority right by choosing to legislate on Hate Speech when other compelling issues are starring us in the face. He is of the opinion that the upper chamber may have outlived its usefulness.

The revered monarch said instead of the senate to come up with laws that would ameliorate the suffering of the masses, they want to enact law on hate speech that could be dealt with through filling an action on sedition or libel, depending on how the offense(s) was committed either spoken words or published materials.

Oba Odutola  wondered why the senators are not interested in passing law to make stealing of public funds a capital punishment and want hate speech to carry death penalty.

He, however, said the House of Representatives was enough to make laws and oversight functions which both chambers presently handled.

“ Senegal has returned to unicameral legislature. Must we copy everything from the US where we copied the presidential system from? Can’t we adapt our own legislature to suit the present socio economic reality that is starring us in the face?” He asked.

“Instead of the Senate to come up with laws to create the enabling environment for business to thrive- to make laws that will ameliorate the suffering of our people, they want to make hate speech a capital offense. It’s because they are alienated from the masses of our people, otherwise, if they are close to them and feel their pulse rate regularly, they would have known where the shoes pinches.” He said.

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