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Ifa Worshippers Offer to Help Fight Boko Haram

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Ifa religious worshippers under the umbrella of Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council (ARSADIC), have offered to assist the federal government in the fight against Boko Haram.

Chairman, Executive Working Committee of ARSADIC, Olalekan Ifagbenuola, made the declaration during a press conference held at Ile Oduduwa, Ile Ife on Friday, Punch reports.

The press conference was called as a way for the group to seek government recognition for the group.

Ifagbenuola stated that public office holders should be required take the oath of office in traditional religious ways.

“If proper oath of allegiance is taken genuinely, our leaders would not misbehave when they get to power. If the oath is taken in a traditional religious way, they will not misbehave. There must be fear of God in anything we do.

“Corrupt leaders in offices promote crimes and if our leaders are honest, the level of crime in the country will greatly reduce. We are ready to assist to tackle insurgency, if we are invited by the government.”

In addition, he is also said to have expressed the desire to assist the federal government defeat Boko Haram.

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21 Comments

  1. Becca

    October 19, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Primitive country.

    • Dr. P

      October 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Becca how old are you?? Please learn to respect other people’s beliefs even if you don’t agree with them. They aren’t primitive. They are probably more honest that most of the ppl you meet on the street today. At least they don’t go to the native doctor when no one is watching. So grow up luv

  2. red

    October 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    hehehehehhee. diarriz nothing we will not see in dis nigeria..

  3. HerExcellence

    October 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    …they shuld fight dir own demons first! fight bokoharam ni fight uwaezuoke ko. mtsheww…..

  4. ATL's finest

    October 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Lmao!!!! Well all the Voodoo & cultism in Nigeria should be enough to fight Boko Haram abi? Smh like someone said “PRIMITIVE PEOPLE/COUNTRY *LONG ass hiss*

  5. ss

    October 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    We need everyone on board

  6. maryjane

    October 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Primitive country? You mean that people who still practise their culture are primitive? Nigerians tho! You have lost your roots, your history is unknown to you. You think developed nations don’t practise their cultures again?

    • ElessarisEllendil

      October 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      School them abeg.

    • Becca

      October 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      In the name of culture lets see what we can continue. How about the killing of twins? It was a cultural practice after all, as with breast ironing, fgm, the subjugation of women and widows, oh & let’s make sure the king is buried with all seven heads and his escort to the afterlife, & the new king eats the organs of his predecessor. The all so casual ritual killings?!?! etc etc after all it is all part of your SHAMEFUL PRIMITIVE culture. Where were your ifa priests when the oyinbo carried you to be sold. Did their juju work against the gun. PRIMITIVE people despite all the education.
      KONTINU as you like to say.

    • Dr. P

      October 19, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Keep judging. Yes, every example you’ve stated is valid but you are probably the same person that’ll scream about how unAfrican being homosexual is. Culture is always evolving, you keep what’s good and discard what no longer serves you. Your assumption that all the worship of Ifa entails is negative is in itself naive. Besides preserving the knowledge of how things were done in the past is never futile. Anyhoo keep judging.

    • Becca

      October 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Proudly bi-sexual here!
      I don’t pick sides when it comes to love.

    • Me

      October 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Ghanaians must you generalized and insult all Nigerians. Ghana is not perfect either but Nigerians do not care because it is not our business. We do not need to bring Ghanaians down to feel good about ourselves . Please stop the hate. Nigerians do not care

  7. Tolu

    October 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Please we don’t want any complication again…

  8. zeal

    October 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Jokers!!! Una don get re-newed power, why didn’t y’all come out initially to save them babes, na now Day break. Shiorrrrrr

  9. kks

    October 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Yes, yes yes yes!! The way the y fought the Europeans from enslaving Africans 500 years ago!! When are we going to stop deceiving ourselves?? Europeans came with mirrors and cheap gifts and your leaders turned all your subjects over to them for transatlantic slave trade. Now you want to fight Boko Haram.. The juju you didn’t have 500 years ago to Europeans, all of a sudden you now have it. Stop clowning yourselves!! Yeye Yoruba people, even thou I am one!!

    • Dr. P

      October 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      What are you on about?? Do you think West Africans actually fought Europeans to stop the slave trade? Please educate yourself. We sold off ppl that were captured during skirmishes. A very small number of slaves were actually kidnapped as portrayed in the miniseries Roots. Read a book pls.
      While I don’t practice a traditional religion (or the white man’s Christianity or Islam), I do feel that ppl shld be allowed to believe whatever they want to. And I’m embarrassed by how Eurocentric Nigerians are. Like our leaders swearing on a Bible or Quran has stopped them from being corrupt. Most of them probably have voodoo priests that they consult with on the regular.

  10. Ebere

    October 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Nigeria is not a Primitive country.Fighting Boko Haram is beyond using Military forces because the Boko Haram members use charms to protect themselves, therefore even if you get Armed forces from the United States, it will still be hard to defeat them. Therefore, we need a more religious intervention, be it “Ifa Priest, Pastors, Imams, Ogun Priest” et’all…….It’s called “Giving to ceasar what is Ceasar’s”…….

  11. missatl

    October 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Are you minding all these hungry satan worshippers, the scale satan put on nigerians eyes are falling off fast as people serve Jesus but satan having no much time is looking for another strategy to have his priests sell nigerians to him by seeking his help..y’all that live there bett r pray the holy spirit cast out all these demons binding them in strong everlasting chains and into the abiss of no return Jude 1.6

  12. William Moore

    October 19, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    The only reason the Ifa system appears primitive is because after the Europeans took hold of what we call Nigeria today, there hasn’t been enough emphasis put in developing it. Look at how Christianity has evolved from orthodox Christianity to Pentecostal Christianity. The sheer lack of religious literature alone in African traditional religions is crazy. But you look to India and they have Hinduism, far East Asia has Buddhism, Arabs have Islam, the West are grounded more in philosophy than religion, and Africa not only clings to foreign religions, but hate our traditional ways. And yet we want these people to respect us. If we are going to talk about advancement to put down Ifa, well let us take it all the way and drop Christianity and Islam. After all, in the most advanced parts of Western Europe (the Scandinavian nations) they are more atheists than anything else. And for people comparing the religious practice of Ifa to killing of twins, please go and read a book about your culture. The Ifa religion was one of the first if not the first monotheistic religions dating back as far as 8000 years ago…that is before Moses. Oludumare’s teaching has been compared to Plato’s by scholars but the average African remains philosophically stunted while sitting on old wisdom.

    While personally I see all religions to be attempts at philosophy and the nature of existence, to place a system as developed as Ifa in a primitive bracket, taking into account its historical beginnings is the kind of neglect that leaves Africans in an identity crisis while promoting self-hate. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be taught about these things in school. Later our parents will open mouth and tell us things we can’t do because it is not African, when we don’t even know what it is to be African. I have tired biko

    • whocares

      October 19, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      I went to this black history talk, and an Indian asked why it was that compared to all other cultures that underwent slavery, why is it that Africans and black people have found it so difficult to find their roots and are so displaced. Indians were colonised, yet, somehow all of their gods survived the slavery.. In the case of black people we were not only denied our land etc, but our religions, our books. These were our foundations. Do you have any idea how many people flocked to Africa to study? Your Greek myths and discoveries do you have any idea where they came from? The initial religion in Africa was Islam, scholars were aplenty all arabic texts.. Colonisation came, our books, our God, our languages, everything was taken from us for about 200 years and when it was later introduced, we had English, we had Christianity. Of course we are displaced, and people who do not know better will call ifa etc “occultic”. Please riddle me this, if God is everlasting, are you telling me until the Europeans came to colonise us not one of us Africans made it to heaven worshipping our oya etc? Think about your response carefully as you will be inadvertently telling me that God chose one race over the other to reveal himself too and so that race had been enjoying heaven before he then told them to come and save us from the pits of hell. So Europeans and their ancestors were going to heaven and our ancestors were languishing in hell?
      By all means, be a Christian. I am a Christian. God however created everything. Land, sea, etc. Ifa worshippers, Ogun worshippers etc they do not worship these lands or sea, or iron items, but pay homage to God (olodumare) and use these things as a medium to reach God.. That is my understanding of how this works. Do I think they can solve boko haram problem? (I laugh in Chinkoijebu) can ifa etc be used for evil, yes (ying-yang) is it primitive? No. It is our culture, and I am glad some people still practise it. I am always eager to read and learn more about it as well. You are right there is a dearth of reading materials on traditional religions before Christianity and that is a shame. Golsh. I have time o. lol

  13. hezekina pollutina

    October 19, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Yesss! Bring back African Religions! I love that these guys are volunteering! That’s Bold! Religion is a spiritual and philosophical medium. We respect other people’s religions but we do not believe in ours because we were not taught to. If you look to our cousins in Brazil, Caribbean and United States, they travelled with our old religions, the keep them alive. They survived slavery and captivity upholding these belief systems. If they can, we can too. Time to reclaim what we have inside and what is ours. Most of all have respect for others, who channel via a different path. There is no One way to get to God. I respect and appreciate these guys offer! Go get ’em!

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