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Oyo traditional worshippers pray for Buhari, seek listing on festive calendar

By Ismaila Akanji, Abuja

Members of the Oyo State chapter of the Traditional Worshippers Association have converged on Ibadan, the state capital to pray for the quick recovery of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari with a call on the state government to commission some special days for their various festivals.

The call followed a recent motion that was moved on the floor of the Oyo State House of Assembly seeking to recognise special holiday for tradition religious worshippers in the state,

Secretary of the association, Mr Fayemi Fakayode made this call at the Ose-Meji Shrine, in Ibadan during its stakeholders meeting and prayer rendered for President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria.

He stated that the special days were those that combined traditional worshippers irrespective of their various dieties.

According to him, the association has resolved at its meeting to call on government ?to set aside August 20 for the \’Isese\’ festival, May 15 for \’ELA\’ festival.

\’We also demand that every Friday that precedes the first Saturday\’s in June be set aside annually for their holy pilgrimage to Ile-Ife ancient town. The Osun State Government has set aside August 20 as the \’Isese\’ festival and we want same to be replicated in Oyo State.

Fakayode described the motion moved by the state assembly for the inclusion of traditional festivals in the state\’s calendar as timely and a welcome development.

It would be recalled that a motion moved by Mr Gbenga Oyekola, representing Atiba State Constituency and Safiu Olalere, representing Ido State Constituency, respectively, advocated that there was the need to recognise traditional region, as being entrenched in the Nigeria’s constitution.

The lawmakers, in a special Yoruba sitting of the Assembly recently observed that traditional religion had long been in existence before the advent of Christianity and Islam, adding that Nigeria’s constitution made adequate provision for the freedom of region in which the three religions were included.

According to them, special attention has long been accorded to the adherents of the two other religions over traditional religion, which they opined that traditional religion worshipers as well occupy 25 percent of the people residing in the state.

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