He recently revealed this while he played host to Osun devotees in his palace as the ancient city celebrated the Osun festival.
According to him, even if the pandemic is still ravaging the country, Nigerians must keep observing laid down precautionary measures and avoid the circulation of fake news.
He added that Nigerians should stop creating problems while the government is trying to solve the one at hand.
His words, “Unlike the way we used to have it in Ife, we were forced to restrict this celebration which is a major festival in Ife.
“Our restriction made us to ensure that we don’t create more problems while trying to solve the one at hand.
“Osun festival as the world knows is the celebration of water and we all know 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.”
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