By Akin Ojumu

Nearly two years after the passing of late Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, a new ruler has been announced for Ogbomoso town. Prince Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye, who was until his selection the pastor of Jesus House, Washington, DC, a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, is the new Soun of Ogbomoso.

Early last year, at the start of the selection process for the Soun of Ogbomoso, Pastor Ghandi informed his parishioners of his decision to compete for his ancestral throne. In a Q&A session, Ghandi explained that he was initially not interested in vying for the position. However, following the advice and encouragement he received from his spiritual father, Daddy GO, he decided to throw his hat into the ring.

According to Ghandi, Pastor Adeboye said, “This kind of thing, you brought it from heaven. You were born into a royal family. So, don’t ever say you are not interested.”

Pastor Adeboye’s advice was subsequently corroborated by God one Sunday morning as Ghandi laid in bed brooding over the matter. The moment he asked God to show him the way forward as he was at a crossroad of life, the next thing he heard clearly was:

“You were born for this. This is the reason for your birth.”

Upon hearing those words, Ghandi Olaoye believed in his heart that it was the voice of God giving him the go-ahead. While that wasn’t exactly what he had hoped to hear, he had no doubt it was God who spoke to him all the same. And the reason for this conviction was because, “When I hear, it is 10 over 10,” as he put it. As far as accurately discerning God’s voice is concerned, Ghandi bragged that he had an impeccable record.

Now, I know it’s not easy for a lot of folks who read all of that not to get bamboozled by the high-sounding piety. Claims of “God told me this, and God told me that” are thought killers meant to shut down the mind’s hard drive. People tend to believe anyone who says, “I heard clearly from God.” There’s a natural reluctance to question claims of “God told me so-and-so.” 

Yet, we know that God is not the author of confusion. To any Christian who is led by the Holy Spirit, there are principles of the Christian conduct that are fundamental and incontrovertible. For a true follower of Christ who’s wholly yielded to God and His precepts, there are issues about which there’s absolutely no ambiguity or equivocation.

Thrones in Yorubaland are occultic institutions. There’s no Yoruba crown that’s not steeped in idolatry. All Yoruba royalties owe their loyalty to the kingdom of darkness. Moreso, a Yoruba Oba is considered a deity and is worshiped as a god.

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God...” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

Light cannot co-exist with darkness. A Christian Oba is an oxymoron. It’s a no-no for a true Believer in Christ to aspire for a royal stool in Yorubaland. You cannot be Born-Again and the head of an occultic institution at the same time. No follower of Christ in his right mind would wear a crown dedicated to demons. A true pastor wouldn’t join in a koinonia with the dominion of darkness. 

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this. God would never violate His Word. And His Word says light and darkness are incompatibility. It doesn’t matter what Pastor Ghandi may have convinced himself he heard from God; God would never ask His own to wear a demonic crown. Ghandi’s claims that God told him, “You were born for this,” is nothing but auditory hallucination of an itching ear. 

Sadly, in his hubris and self-delusion, Ghandi Olaoye is unwittingly setting himself and his family up for a horror show of unimaginable proportions.


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