Adeboye didn’t sit on my royal chair — Oyo monarch
Olugbon of Orile-Igbon in Oyo State, Oba Francis Alao has debunked claims that he vacated his seat for Pastor Enoch Adeboye when the latter arrived the town on December 22.
Adeboye was in the town for evangelism organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
However, criticism trailed a photo that circulated on social media at the weekend, showing Adeboye at the event sitting on a royal chair on which the monarch’s name and title were inscribed.
The critics said the act was an insult to Yoruba culture.
In a statement where he felicitated Christians over the Yuletide, the monarch said the chair was only one of the royal seats in the palace that are offered to dignitaries.
“Aside eating and drinking to celebrate his birth, Christmas is a time to make a new commitment to ensuring that our lives mirror Christ in every way,” Oba Olugbon said.
“We should make commitment to a life of righteousness, honesty and showing love to fellow men regardless of their faith and cultural beliefs.
“Meanwhile, my attention has been drawn to different types of reactions to a photo circulating on social media where the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye sat on one of the palace chairs.
“Let me set the record straight by reminding all that Pastor Adeboye was in Orile-Igbon for an evangelism programme which was held on the playground of Olugbon High School. His chopper landed in an open space within the palace from where I received him to my living room.
“We spent some time talking about Nigeria and Orile-Igbon before we moved to the venue of the programme where thousands of people already gathered.
“I joined the reverred priest to the venue as a mark of support for the programme given that his coming to the ancient town will be a blessing to us. And he did pray for both the town and everyone that attended.
“As a mark of honour, I offered one of the ceremonial royal chairs that are usually reserved for top dignitaries to Pastor Adeboye to be used at the programme. It should be noted that the chair is not the particular one that is reserved for the Olugbon, which can not be shared with anyone because of its spiritual and historical significance.
“The royal chairs are provided in palaces to honour high-ranking dignitaries, not to desecrate the throne.
“I, therefore, seek understanding of all those expressing concern about the issue. There is a traditional royal chair that is meant for only the Kabiyesi, and there are traditional ceremonial chairs for very important persons.
“The throne of the ancient town of Orile-Igbon remains sacrosanct. I thank all well-wishers for their understanding and support.”