The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has said that Catholics and Catholism has its source from the Yoruba deity, Osoosi. Ooni said this at the celebration of the Osoosi deity believed to be the father of philanthropy and religious congregation for purity and sanity, in Ile Ife Osun state.
He said: “this is a landmark festival for us. Mankind started from the tropical Africa and it is the most populous. this is one of the historical landmarks to prove that everything started from the continent of Africa and Nigeria which is the most populous nation that belongs to the black race. We are here at the Osoosi and Obatala temples to celebrate.
“Osoosi’s temple is where the gathering (religious) started from. Religion should be used to preach peace and unity. we must do what we preach and the foundation must be solid. The entire black race should see this as their culture and tradition. We have to propel it well. We are not hiding anything. We are preaching peace, unity and peaceful co-existence which is the problem of many societies in Africa.
“Believing in the positivity of our ancestral religion will help to solve all these problems. “the guardian that osoosi used was called ‘ka to ka ki ki ki, ka fi enu re so le’ in which catholic and catholism came from. It is the congregation that led to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam; many other religions started from here.
“It is the house of god. what they do here is to take care of the less privileged people, the downtrodden, the oppressed, and people that are low in spirit and that has been happening up till date. But when westernization came, all the cultures and traditions were bastardised.
“People were made to believe that they are not good things. What we do basically is nature driven and we want to showcase to the world that indeed everything started from here. Osoosi came to this world thousands of years before Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (saw) came. It is one of the early creations of god.
“We need to showcase our culture, nobody can do that for us. We need to let the whole world know.” he also likened the Osoosi’s feature of not bearing children to the catholic pope’s restriction from marrying.
“Just as Osoosi destined not to giving birth to children, so also is the Popes at the Roman Catholic. There are many good things from the African religion and those in Rome cannot dispute it,” he added.