The fourth lecture to be delivered at New York [Queens & Brooklyn] was meant to be “WHO OWNS
THE CROWN” but with the questions the attendees started with; all desiring and willing to know the truth about Ogboni as against what people are saying and authors are writing. During the
deliberations, much reference and mentioning of one, ALALAYE BANIRE, who is believed to be a
renounced member of OGBONI to practice Islam probably for a reason or more was made. Please
let’s pick the question one after the other for clarity purpose:
QUESTION: Is it true that OGBONI is secret cult?
ANSWER: I have said it severally in my lectures that we are never a secret cult. Well whoever said
so is an illiterate. Someone may be secretive; that does not mean he is a cult. I can see in page 49 of
Alalaye’s book, comparing Ogboni with Freemasonry secret cults and others. Ogboni may be secretive like other religion but we are never a cult. If you say we are secret cult, what will you call the Islamic clerics that ties some seal [tira] and put some ingredients on it mixed together and call it Gari-Tira [use to control lives of people]? Or what will you call the candles, seals and different commanding oil used by some Christian prophets to control or manipulate peoples’ soul? This
implies they are also cults. He also mention in page 50 that he would like to say much about Ogboni as Ogboni is exactly like all the other secret cults mentioned. How did he know if he is truly not a member of all the fraternities? Definitely, you can only know the secret of a secret society, only when you are an initiate of such a society bounded by law.
I am saying it emphatically here, that the so called Sheikh Alalaye is a member of Ogboni for him to know all it entails to be initiated. More so, all he referred to as secrets inside the conclave [Iledi] are known to him as mentioned in page 51 and 52. There he mentioned the steps involved in initiation of a new member. Even citing the calls & responses which is known to the Apena only. In view of this I concluded that Sheikh Alalaye Banire should be called an APENA. This is simply because nobody who is not in this position can understand the process of the initiation as written by him.
This is where all Ogboni should take a clue from, watch and screen properly who they will put in
position of APENA. Many things are given out to those who will later betray the association because I can’t imagine how SHEIK APENA ALALAYE could write so long things about Ogboni including leaves used for bathing Iya; mode of dressing; meeting days; annual festival; how to worship at the conclave and many more which can’t be mention here.
QUESTION: Does Ogboni truly have leopard’s liver [edo ekun] used as poison to kill people and which pot do we have in the conclave [Iledi] that we use to call people’s name and kill them for rituals?
ANSWER: Well he knows best, like people will say and according to the theatre art practitioners, we have awo dudu (black cult) awo pupa (red cult) and awo funfun (white cults). All these are mere imaginations and fictions. They are not Ogboni and not real. The problem here is they cannot
differentiate between Ogboni Fraternities and Secret cults. In Ogboni fraternity, the mother earth
[Onile] is enough for us. We don’t believe that any charm can work inside the conclaves [Iledi] no matter how powerful it is because we have been fortified and gifted with our spiritual power immediately you are initiated because we are God sent that cannot be touched. He is just
blackmailing Ogboni because of his selfish interests to have followers and the so called borrowed religion. He also said in page 55 that is Ogboni that kills kings [Oba] with our spiritual sign [Aroko] with one parrot egg [eyin oode] inside a calabash with invocation; then send it to the kings [Oba]. He said that immediately the King opens the calabash, the said King will die. This is where I see this man’s claim to be psychotic and need a thorough examination at the psychiatric hospital. This is so because how can we Ogboni that install/coronate and do all sacrifices for and on behalf of the Kings [Oba] do such a thing to someone we love. I now see that it’s either Sheikh Apena Alalaye came
during the life time of baba D O FAGUNWA and both were together in IGBO IRUMOLE or he is planning to produce a film in the nearest future. Please can you tell him to produce evidence or bring a witness that such has happened to by the Ogboni? He needs to dissociate and distinguished
Ogboni Fraternity from rituals.
I, the Oba Ogboni Abalaiye challenge Sheikh Apena Alalaye to meet me on Television to argue all he has said about Ogboni and proof it publicly. I am happy I studied religion at master’s level and I care
not where he quotes from that I will not explain.
QUESTION: Do we OGBONI do money rituals and make one rich overnight?
ANSWER: This is where we are having problems with people who cannot differentiate between the
Rituals and the Ogboni. Truly the bible in Ezekiel 23:23 say Ogboni is rich. Yes we are but this has never said we are spiritualist. If you are initiated and all your rites are done completely as expected, nothing stops you from getting rich and all your problems comes to an end. A lot of people wants to be rich over night while some wants fame without been worked for and at the end of the day they fall into the trap of rituals and fraudsters. Such people turns back and claim they have been duped by the Ogbonis. This is not so because immediately you are initiated, the bad things that is delaying your progress is washed away and new things starts to happen in your life. There is a covenant between Ogboni and the witch or wizard that an Ogboni member [Omo Awo] will never be harmed or disturbed. From the initiated day, a member is free from all evils and all you start to have is progress and happiness. My wonder here is, who does not want to do any work but want to get rich
overnight; what a thief himself. Our image cannot be tarnished and I will continue to protect the interest of Ogboni as I promised my grandfather before his demise. He also said if I stand on the truth nothing will harm me; this, I believe truly.
I seek the co-operation of other Ogboni Kings and Leaders to show good examples and emulate the
behaviour of our ONLY Late Imperial Majesty MOBOLAJI ALIMI NAIBI, who fought endlessly for the
progress of Ogboni and brought about love and co-operation among all Ogboni all over the world. This is unlike many leaders of nowadays who are controlled by hot-tempered wife. I am emphasizing again that different OGBONI ASSOCIATION have their OBA separately with the
approval of the Federal Government of Nigeria. NOBODY, I repeat NOBODY, has been appointed as overall PRESIDENT GENERAL but KINGS [OBAS] and PRESIDENTS [AARE] of their own (particular) Ogboni association as entrenched or stated or outlined in their Association’s Constitution.