Awujale cancels Ojude Oba festival

Awujale cancels Ojude Oba festival

By Adebisi Onanuga

The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, on Thursday announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the annual Ojude Oba festival of Ijebu Ode.

The cancellation was attributed to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic and its likely upsurge with the Delta variant.

A statement issued yesterday by the Coordinator of the Festival and Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief (Dr.) Fassy Yusuf, also attributed the cancellation of the festival to the negligible number of people that had taken the anti-COVID 19 vaccine.

“Rather than expose people who will converge on Ijebu Ode from all over the world to participate in the ancient and unique socio-cultural and religious festival of the Ijebu nation, with its parade of traditional age groups and the spectacular durbar with unsurpassable equestrian display, to avoidable and preventable health hazards, the monarch directed that the 2021 edition be cancelled.“

The statement noted that this is the second time in the history of Ijebuland of more than one century that the festival that unites Muslims, Christians, and adherents of other faiths will be cancelled.

The Ojude Oba Festival is normally held two days after the Eid-el Kabir (Ileya).

In his message to the Ijebu nation on the occasion of the 2021 Eid-el Kabir (10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442 AH), the monarch thanked his subjects for the peace, progress, and tranquility pervading Ijebuland.

He prayed for additional economic and social prosperity within Ijebuland and charged his people to remain resolute and be optimistic that sooner than later, Ijebu State would become a reality.

Oba Adetona prayed for the return of peace and prosperity to all troubled areas of our great and beloved country, Nigeria.

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