Oba Tejuoso : African Drum Festival Good, But God Prefers One That Glorifies Him  - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, May 17, 2019

Oba Tejuoso : African Drum Festival Good, But God Prefers One That Glorifies Him 

       •Oba Adedapo Tejuoso
A first class traditional ruler in Ogun State, Oba (Dr)Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, has said that the recently observed African Drum Festival; an initiative of Governor Ibikunle Amosun - led administration in the state was good, but added that  God desires and prefers a Festival that is  devoted to praising and adoring Him, and not one used to glorify things he created.

Oba Tejuoso, who is the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba  said that a festival meant for glorifying God, if put in place and observed, would  bring about genuine rebirth in a people as well as healing, peace, prosperity and progress upon the land.

The monarch who made this known while fielding questions from reporters at his Ibara GRA home, Abeokuta, disclosed that he has written to President Muhammadu Buhari to set a day aside, as National Day of Praise during which the whole country would adore God and sing praises to His name according to their respective faith.

He noted that it was high time people stopped worshipping God's creatures and start reverencing the Almighty God himself, saying God has never been happy with the disposition of adoring the works of His hands while neglecting him, the creator.

He spoke while addressing the press in respect of his 30th coronation anniversary which began today(Friday) from with 30 hours Marathon praise at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

Asked to suggest the way forward for Nigeria's sundry challenges, Tejuoso pulled out a letter from a pile of documents, which he said, he was about sending via mail to President Buhari.

The foremost traditional ruler said the letter was about National Day of praise he would send to the President which he prepared in response to a message from a particular prophet of God whom God has spoken to that the country should henceforth observe a National Day of praise.

Oba Tejuoso said: "When we praise God He will come down, cause a change in the country and bless us. Having received a message from a prophet of God, I have drafted this mail to be sent to the president that a National Day of Praise be declared at Abuja while the rest 36 states should also participate according to individual respective faith.

"Just about three weeks ago, I was in my bathroom when I was hearing the jingles for the just concluded Drum Festival, instantly God spoke to me and said, so they are having Drum Festival when will they have God's festival? When will they worship me instead of my creatures?"

He said it was on this note that as part of the major line up programmes for his 30th coronation anniversary, an interdenominational 30 hours Marathon praise from 9am on Friday titled God's Festival would hold at OOPL, Abeokuta.

Earlier, the Chairman, planning committee of the anniversary, Chief Muideen Alabi Kazeem during press briefing held at palace of the traditional ruler said the people of Egba Oke Ona are rolling out drums to celebrate the first class monarch because of his peaceful reign which had brought great prosperity and development to Egba land and Ogun state.
Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

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