The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has expressed optimism that peace will reign within the country.
The monarch spoke at the grand-finale of the World Ifa Festival held in his palace on Sunday, in Ile-Ife.
According to him, the Ifa Festival signaled the beginning of a brand new calendar yr.
“I’m happy that our culture remains thriving regardless of stiff competition, the notion of many is that, we do not believe in God.
“Ifa corpus is the bedrock of life due to the fact no mortal can continue to exist on the earth earth without leaves and herbs.
“We aren’t in competition with all and sundry honestly because we realize that God is Supreme and He will no longer share His glory with all and sundry,” he said.
He said the message of this year’s pageant revolved around peace.
“The message is certainly that: In this 12 months; we would witness peace all spherical. There will be no war,” the monarch said.
The different message, he said, became that Nigeria have to care for its ladies.
“I become tremendously elated because God has visited our land to heal all of the wounds and straighten the tough edges.
“You can see adherents from Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina and USA who are right here to have a good time the pageant.
“With the Ifa competition that ushers us into every other year, it’s a brand new dawn. By August /September, there may be new yam to be accompanied by Olojo Festival which is a global festival.
“This is to inform us that before the appearance of the whites, we had our approaches of doing matters meticulously,” he said.
Also speaking, Chief Awodotun Aworeni, the Araba Awo Agbaye, expressed gratitude for the success of the very first World competition he participated in due to the fact that assuming this role remaining 12 months.
Aworeni mainly thanked the Ooni for making the occasion colourful.
He implored authorities to do the requisite via supplying vital help.
Chief Sola Atanda, President, Ancient Religion Society of African Descendants of International Council (ASARDIC), applauded the Ooni for selling traditional gala’s.
Atanda, but, lamented that government was paying lip service to Ifa faith, pronouncing “worshippers are not duly regarded as Christians and Muslims are acknowledged.”