A report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), quoted the Ooni to have made this statement on Wednesday during the press tour of the tourist sites within the ancient city ahead of the Tourism Innovation and Development Innovation Conference (TIDA) slated for April 24.
The monarch said ‘Ifa’ as form divination, was all about sourcing for information and knowledge through traditional consultation.
Ooni said Google could be regarded as the modern way of sourcing for past information and what was likely to happen in the future too.
The traditional ruler said ‘Ifa’ originated several thousands of years ago and is seen as the voice of the almighty God referred to as “Orisa Oke” which is supreme to other lesser gods.
“Without ‘Ifa’, there could never have been the google, so the google is the modern-day version of ‘Ifa’.
“‘Ifa’ is all about information, getting knowledge from the Almighty God.
“Whenever you search the google for information or knowledge, you are consulting ‘Ifa’; and without ‘Ifa’, there would not have been the google.”
The Ooni said ‘Ifa’ was still relevant in contemporary time, saying that was why people were still consulting the oracle for information and solutions to their problems.
He called on Nigerians to embrace traditional worships peculiar to their communities.
The who is the custodian of the Yoruba culture and tradition said would not stop them from practising other modern religions.