The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has condemned the use of human parts for money rituals and called all traditional rulers in Yoruba land to join the campaign against ritual killing for money-making, to preserve ethos of Yoruba race.
He stated this on Monday while delivering a speech at the 2022 edition of Wealth Festival (Odun Aje), which was held at the Powerline Praying Ground in Orile Agege area of Lagos.
He said the issue of using human parts for money-making is against Yoruba practices and at variance with our ethos of good virtue (Omoluabi’) Yoruba people were known for so, everybody should rise against it, including traditional rulers.
He stated further that in Yorubaland and in every part of the world, killing a person for ritual is an abomination, sacrilegious, and against the norms of the Yoruba race.
According to him, “It is sad though that our society has lost its core values. What we see today is a complete departure from the original practice and ethos of Yoruba race.
“As the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, it is time for me to speak up and express my displeasure at the ugly narratives that have literally turned Yorubaland into an abattoir, where human parts usually littered the entire communities.
“Things cannot continue like this. We are at the centre of all these and we must speak against this ugly trend. All our royal fathers in Yoruba land should speak up.”
Speaking on the need to educate the Nigerian youth on staying away from this ugly trend, Adams said, “We will need to educate the youths of these days about the core values of hard work and reward. We will need to educate them that it is inhuman to kill human beings for ritual purposes.
Wealth Festival 2022: Gani Adams Condemns Use Of Human Parts For Money Rituals, Tasks Traditional Rulers On Campaign Against It(Video)
“We will need to educate them about the dignity of labour and the essence of preserving their names and that of their parents. We will need to educate them about the sanctity of our culture and traditions. We will need to teach them how to respect the elderly. We must teach them about morality and the need to stay away from acts that could render them useless in the future.
“The society has lost the battle to instill morality in the minds of the youths. And as I have said earlier, it is quite unfortunate that social media has done a lot in killing all the values and teachings that could enhance societal values and behaviours.
“Therefore, it is our duties as leaders to preach the gospel of truth. The law enforcement agencies also have to play their statutory roles in enforcing the laws. We must not shy away from our roles and responsibilities to curb this societal menace.
“In a society where we seek progress, there’s need for us to retrace our steps and work towards correcting the societal ills.
“Yorubas are a blessed race. We have everything working for us as a race. But until we address the issues collectively, we will live to regret the sad reality of our failed society,” he stated.
Also speaking on the reason for celebrating the Wealth Festival, the OPC National Coordinator Gani Adams said, “it is to appreciate the deity in charge of wealth creation. It is also to explore the natural joy and abundant fortunes that wealth symbolises.
“For instance, in the spiritual realm, wealth is one of the most powerful deities. It is in control of everything that is good or bad. This is one of the reasons for celebrating Wealth Festival (Odun Aje).
“So, as we celebrate the festival today, we are also advancing the cause of promoting our cultural identity. We are aligning with the spirit of wealth and at the same time seeking abundant blessings and wealth from the spiritual realm,” Adams added.
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BY IYABO AINA
Publisher News Rain Nigeria