Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has clarified that Osun faithful are not idol worshippers.
The monarch spoke on Saturday in his palace when he received devotees as the ancient city celebrated the Osun festival.
The Ooni admitted that coronavirus was still ravaging.
Ogunwusi urged Nigerians to always observe laid down precautionary measures and avoid circulation of fake news.
“We were forced to restrict this celebration which is a major festival in Ife. Our restriction made us ensure that we don’t create more problems while trying to solve the one at hand,” he said.
Ogunwusi explained that the Osun festival is the celebration of water, noting that everyone knows that water is life.
“We’re using this instance to reconnect with our creator through nature to cleanse the world, and especially to end the pandemic. We are remembering our ancestors and it is unfair to call us idol worshipers,” he said.