A report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), quoted the Ooni to have made this statement on Saturday when he addressed journalists at the resuscitated Edi Annual Festival in Ile-Ife, Osun State, southwest Nigeria.
Naija News learned that the occasion was meant to celebrate Oluorogbo, who according to mythology, ascended to heaven, after being killed by her mother, Moremi as a sacrifice for the gods.
Speaking at the event, the Ooni said: ”There is no difference between Oluorogbo and Jesus Christ, the son of God that Christians believe in, for they both sacrificed their lives for the salvation of all souls,” Oba Ogunwusi said.
The Ooni described Oluorogbo as a selfless deity that turned himself into a sacrificial lamb for humanity, to bring peace and sanity among other deities to the world.
Oba Ogunwusi added that as Jesus Christ brought peace and unity to the whole world, so also did Oluorogbo delivers people at the time of trouble by allowing peaceful coexistence to reign supreme.
Speaking further, the Ooni said Oluorogbo was the son of god who stood for purity and godliness that signified what god stands for, adding that Oluorogbo was among the deities that were specially made.
His words: ”Unlike Jesus Christ who came 2019 years ago, Oluorogbo preceded the creation of the whole universe and as Christians are expecting the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, Oluorogbo will forever remain,” the Ooni said.
The monarch also denied perception in some quarters that Ife indigenes are idolaters, noting that by celebrating their deities, the Ife people are only worshipping the Almighty God and upholding the cultural heritage and tradition of the Yoruba race.
Oba Ogunwusi said some people have ignorantly tagged the cradle of Yoruba, Ile-Ife as a town that practised idolatry.
The Ooni urged the populace to give room for peace and unity. He also urged them to be altruistic for no one can achieve greatness in life without showing love to others.
Oba Ogunwusi urged all and sundry to emulate the Oluorogbo in giving all they have to assist others in trouble.