Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has slammed the Ooni of Ife, Oba, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi for saying that Jesus is his father when he knelt to worship God during a thanksgiving after his coronation and at a church service in June in the US.
In an interview with Sahara TV, Seun said the Ooni's statement is shameful after all the rituals he did before his ascension to the throne which is older than him and his lineage.
While responding to a question on the matter, Seun said; "It’s just a shame. It’s just like saying that the Queen of England says the Pope is her father. If she says she no longer believes in the Anglican church of England and Archbishop of Canterbury and she swears allegiance to the Pope who is a fellow Christian but a catholic, she will leave that throne that day.
“That will be the last day she will be the Queen of England. So for the Ooni to say he is the son of Jesus is cap over face, Shame! Shame! Shame! Especially after all the rituals he has done to become king of Yoruba people. It is literal when they say to become King in Yoruba land you have to eat the king (the previous king). Yes he is the king of everybody.
“British people are Muslims too, Ifa worshipers too but it doesn't mean the Queen will pander to them by going to worship with them. No, but she respects their rights to freedom and accommodation as the King, that is your duty but to go and start pandering with them is an embarrassment to a throne that is older than him, to a throne that is older than his lineage, to a thrown that is older than anything that he thinks he knows.” Seun added.
Meanwhile, the Ooni in a recent interview with Punch responded to Seun and his other critics when he said; “I will continue to do it forever and ever. Those who criticised me are ignorant of the supreme power of God Almighty before whom all kings must bow. God is the King of all kings. He appoints kings and dethrones them.
“If you remember the story of Nebuchadnezzar, who was a powerful king, when he allowed power to get to his head, God turned him into a beast. So, it is God who is the author and the finisher of everything and I will continue to worship him in humility.
“He is the God of all ‘orisas’ (deities); any deity that does not want to obey God will be crushed to powder, that is the truth. I have no regrets.
“Remember I am not the first Ooni, I am the 51st, so people have been here before me. It pleased God to put me on the throne and that is why I am here. Why will I not worship the God who made it possible?” he quizzed.