‘We are still in spiritual contact with our founder ’
St.Moses Orimolade Tunolase, Founder Cherubim and Seraphim Organisation worldwide was celebrated all over the country in the Aladura sect penultimate
Taiwo Abiodun visited the late founder’s country home, Ikare in Ondo state and Ojokoro,
He was from the idol worshipping background .His father was a herbalist and a popular Masquerade known all over the town .Moses Orimolade Tunolase was born in 1878.According to Pa George Olanrewaju Tunolase who is a cousin to Orimolade ,When Orimolade was in the womb he would be talking to his mother and advising him on what to do. And the mother found it difficult to deliver him , while the beads of the then Owa -Ale of Ikare was demanded to be put on the mother’s neck for her to deliver safely, still, she didn’t deliver the child. However he was eventually delivered , and the very day he was born he started walking , this caused his father to use juju on him to avoid embarrassment .However, an epileptic woman who was being treated by the father of Moses fell on him when he had fit but that did not kill the newly baby boy as he grew up to be a very powerful preacher and miracle healer ‘’
While some said he was lame from birth but George denied that he was not ,’’ he used to carry my father on his shoulder to the farm., so it is not true that he was lame’’.
During his life time, he neither married nor had children . Speaking to The Nation , Pa Tunolase who is still living in the family house said ‘’my late father who was the elder brother to the late founder of Cherubim and Seraphim told me that Moses did not marry at all .He said Moses told his father that they could go and marry but for him he had chosen to be a Eunuch, as there are three types of Eunuch , the ones that the kings castrated and kept watching their Queens, the ones from heaven and those who became eunuch in order to serve God of which Moses chose’’. The Uncle continued ‘’my father told me that Orimolade said that his children would be like the sand of seashore. We were confused , but now the Aladura sect are numerous all over the world as they cannot be counted.
Myth surrounding his miracles
Many mysteries are woven round the Moses. He was said to have possessed a supernatural power that no one ever had. According to Most Superintendent Kunle Ayanfe, Moses was said to have been a special person with a supernatural power. He would get to where he and his group were going before anyone of them and they wondered how .Till he died nobody was able to unravel the mystery.’’
According to Ayanfe ‘’ some white men who heard about his good works came to approach him to come and heal their boss in overseas . Moses refused to go with them in the aircraft they brought and promised to meet them there. Before the white men got there, he had gone and come back. When the messengers got to their boss and saw him healed and bouncing , he told them he had been healed by a man whom he described with the features of Moses , the man they came to meet in
Before his death on
Accompanied by the late Highlife musician I.K Dairo who was also popularly called Baba Aladura , and on
In fact, his body was said to be fresh and intact ,not decayed while his clothes were as white as snow.
Ojokoro empty Tomb
At Ojokoro where the first Aladura church was established is a big mausoleum.
A giant statute of the founder is erected there on top of an empty grave. In the grave are three candles which are usually lighted during service. The church faithfuls would dance round the mausoleum , sleep in the mausoleum where two graves of the senior leaders were buried .Not only this, the faithful also placed kegs of water and other things where they pray over them invoking the God of Moses Orimolade to heal, assist and answer their prayers.
Asked if the spirit of Moses is still there, an elder in the church said ‘’ Moses Orimolade shed his blood here, his flesh dried here , so it is only the body that was removed to his home town Ikare Akoko in Ondo State.We His spirit is still here .
While this reporter asked whether it is not a blasphemy, Matthew Akeusola denied it and said they need to appreciate and honour him.
Here, at Mercyland known as Oke -Anu which is in Iku in Iyometa Area, of
In the family house of the Orimolade Tunolases at Okorun also in Iyometa Area of Ikare is a special room where the late founder lived before he died. The room has been kept sacredand reserved as the faithfuls visit there for special prayers. The room is divided into two, while the inner one is where some paraphernalia of his office are kept. Ayanfe who led this reporter there at the initial stage fell into a trance and later came back alive , he said ‘’ this room is a powerful room and nobody is allowed to come in anyhow. It is sacred’’.
Corroborating what Ayanfe said , the old man in the house , Pa Tunolase said he used to hear spiritual songs every night but he is not afraid for he knew it is the Angels from Heaven that are singing .His words ‘’ I used to hear spiritual songs coming out from the room in the midnight , and we don’t see anybody at all as we only hear voices. But it is crystal clear that the man Moses is a saint.
Apostle Oladokun Aduragbemi the President General and the Spiritual Head of Eso, C&S, Noah’s Ark in London said he came all the way from London to participate in the remembrance of the departed leader and said the room where Moses used in his father’s house is a sacred place where one’s prayer is accepted straight if one has faith. He gave an example ‘’ I came from
There is a well believed to be efficacious in healing all kinds of diseases. The well was said to have been blessed by the late founder who use it for healing all kinds of
diseases. Women are not allowed to fetch it but only a male. Any female that fetches it will have her menstruation seized for ever and will not conceive. Examples are abound .
The palm tree is mysterious and medicinal . It was planted by the late founder , Orimolade. According to a prophetess,….’’the bark is highly medicinal. It cures all aliments. People come from all over the world to take from it .We don’t joke with it .Speaking further , a prophet and a prophetess said ‘’ the palm fronds on the palm trees are different from others and you cannot get it from anywhere in the world .
Dr. Gabriel Olukayode said he was born in the Aladura sect and cannot leave it .
For Popoola Babatunde Raphael , the growth within the Aladura can be compared with that of the Cathloic, as it is growing everyday and no other sect can rival it.
Defending why the growth is still spreading , Gorge Asogba said’’ since Orimolade had refused to have children , God compensated him by multiplying the number of the Aladura faithful as they are called Children of Moses Orimolade. Asked why most of the faithful and their children wear dreadlocks ,Asogba defended it by saying ‘’Moses Orimolade had dreadlocks and so it was passed to us all and it is for protection. Whoever has such in the family is a blessing to such family’’
When challenged that some Christians have the opinion that they are fetish since they are practising the Old Testament in the way of their worship by sacrificing ,using coconuts , candles among other things, but Aduragbemi debunked the claim and said ‘’ they are just envious of the sect’’.