When the righteous rule, the people rejoice, is one of the rarely quoted scriptures in Nigeria and sometimes it appears that religious leaders avoid it. 

Maybe they are not enthusiastic enough to tell the rulers to eschew bad tendencies and be men who fear God. 

Now, the mantle of traditional rulership has come upon a ‘man of God’, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye.

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Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye
Seyi Makinde & Pastor Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye

Recently, Prince Olaoye, was made the Soun-elect of Ogbomoso Land in Oyo State.

Now that decision and acceptance make tongues wag.

Indeed, these days, one cannot know what to expect in Nigeria, unbelievable reports emerge daily from every corner of the country.

In fact, the emergence of a pastor as a traditional ruler to many is unusual.

It was on Saturday that the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, revealed that the emergence of Ghandi. His emergence came after long-drawn processes specified under the law.

The Soun-elect

Makinde announced this in a statement by the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola.

According to the Commissioner, the exalted position now places the Soun-elect in the position to facilitate harmony, understanding and tolerance amongst his people.

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Furthermore, he wants all sons and daughters of the ancient city of Ogbomoso to work with the monarch to consolidate the successes of his forefathers.

Nigerians Reaction

Trust Nigerians, this kind of controversy does not go unnoticed. In fact, it has given many a window to express their diverse opinions on it.

Also, it allowed many to share their ideology and beliefs especially concerning Christianity.

Some Nigerians via their social media handles express displeasure over the appointment, while some claimed that there was nothing wrong with being a traditional ruler.

tonypally wrote: “How the Yorubas accommodate Christianity, Islam and Traditional worshipers without any major internal conflict needs to be studied by Harvard?

“In some families, the Dad is a traditionalist, Mother a Muslim while Children are Christians. Is it caused by the “Omoluabi ” culture spirit which reigns supreme before anything???”

whalesaviemore wrote: “I hear you. But I’m curious, why would a pastor want to become a traditional king?

“I hope he knows that it involves traditional practices, many of which are not supported by the Bible and must be done”.

“Is he prepared to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar?

“It wouldn’t be good if he later tried to change all the cultural practices to fit his religious practices.

“He is entering a different territory and should respect whatever they do there.

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“Otherwise, he should not venture into it and focus on his religion. Our culture and traditions are sacred and should always be held in high esteem, especially by our traditional rulers”.

iam_bmodel wrote: “No church dey into politics pass Redeem church Nice one”.

directormartins wrote: “Politics aside right now, something is definitely wrong with Nigeria Church. Something is missing”.

“Believers should start asking questions. We are gradually being led by the devil on God’s altars”.

Good For The Kingdom

korede_lagos wrote: “Congratulations to him. A king being a pastor may be good for the kingdom.

“He would be expected to rule, lead and mediate in his people’s affairs with the fear of God. He should lead his people to prosperity.”

wealth_799 wrote: “There’s nothing bad in this Soun is just a title in Yoruba land”.

dowell_demeji wrote: “I see comments criticising men of God participation in politics and other leadership position..

“Wetin una want sef? Na Una go still yab church say Dem no support una mandate”.

tide_benison wrote: “Congratulations 🍾 to him but I’m sure he must have done some abomination against Christianity to become king 👑 of that ancient city, beside you will be told you will put traditional religions ahead if you are made king 👑 which I believe he accepted, God is one and God is the greatest.”

Well, one thing is sure, a man with the fear of God will surely do well, for as many that are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Really, from scriptures, we could see that God is interested in who rules His people in this kingdom of His called earth.

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