Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi has called on adherents of Traditional African Religion to harness their powers to deal with many challenges facing Nigerians, and by so doing, contribute to their well-being.
The monarch, who spoke in his Ile Oodua Palace, Ife while playing host to the Board of Trustees of Ancient Religion Societies of African Decendants International Council (ARSADIC) after their meeting, said many of contemporary economic and health challenges facing Nigeria and other countries of world can be effectively dealt with, relying on traditional powers.
The royal father, who is the grand patron of the group, however decried misuse of powers by the adherents, and declared that activities of those involving in such acts is at a variance with efforts to make more people accept traditional religion.
He reminded the adherents that their sound knowledge of God and nature should not be wasted, but must be harnessed, and properly channeled, to solve myriads of challenges facing the contemporary world and especially Nigerians.
Untill this is done, Oba Ogunwusi said Traditional African Religion may continue to be treated with derision and completely relegated, even while it remains the best and most efficient means of communicating with the Supreme Being by the Africans.
As parts of plans to re-position the group to enable it attract more people, the royal father said a sum of N200million should he raised and promised to donate N1million in the first instance.
Oba Ogunwusi said: “I don’t believe in misuse of powers. We have this powers because of our sound knowledge of the nature and God. Our dieties are servants of God. Let’s stop wrong use of power.
“Activities of many adherents of Traditional African Religion is not helping us to endear the religion to many people that are interested in joining us. We know God and nature very well. God would not have given us this knowledge, if there would no be need for positive use for the powers.
“Let’s solve problems and earn good money for ourselves and for this country. To repackage this association, I want us to raise a sum of N200 million. Collectively, we will look for the money.
“I will give the association a sum of N1million and we will plan towards raising more money to help our association. I want you to be united and work towards a better Yorubaland and Nigeria at large.”
Briefing the monarch about activities of the group, ARSADIC president, Ifagbenusola Atanda, said since its inuarguration on 7th October, 2016, the association has registered 44 organizations within Nigerian and in the diaspora.
He added that plans are under way to get more organisations to register with ARSADIC, adding that funding various activities of the association poses huge challenge.
The reknowned Ifa Priest then said more attention is being paid to reorientation of members in line with the charge by Ooni on the best practices by the members.
ARSADIC is an umbrella body for all adherents of traditional religion worshippers was formed in the year 1775 with headquarters in Ile Ife, Osun state.
BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA, Osogbo