Whatever happened to respecting the throne? Afrobeat singer and son of the legendary Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti has heavily criticised the Ooni of Ife Oba, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi for saying that Jesus Christ is his father, saying its a shame to the monarch.
Seun, in the interview with Sahara TV, said the Ooni’s statement is shameful after all the rituals he did before becoming the King of Yoruba race. Recall that earlier in the year the Ooni, at a church service had declared that Jesus is his father.
Seun Kuti’s words:
“Its just a shame. Its 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…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 also lambasted the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, over his claims that idol worship among monarchs was responsible for the crisis in the land. The singer even called the Oluwo an ‘idiot’.
“There is another king like him (Ooni), I have forgotten his name, one little young idiot that goes around saying it is the rituals that our ancestors have done that is why people are suffering so his throne is now a Christian, he is a Christian king.
“I mean it is just nonsense. If the Ooni can say that, I can see how one little stupid idiot that they also gave a crown too can say the same rubbish”. he said
Calling a traditional ruler an idiot…Hmm, issokay. Anyway, watch the full video below. Seun’s comments begin from the 11.00 mark.
Watch The Interview below: