Declare public holiday for traditional religion, say adherents
These pleas were handed down by the President of Awori Oje of Lagos State, High Chief Yaya Omooba and Olori Oluwo Ogboni Ibile of Lagos State at the eight edition of Egungun Festival of Oje Awori, held in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos. The traditional chiefs said the holiday has became necessary in view of the fact that Isese Day, which is the first foundation laid by Orunmila, came into existence before Islam and Christianity.
Their words, “Frankly speaking, we deserve a public holiday since all these days because Muslims and Christians have always enjoyed had festivities period at their appropriate months,” he added.
They chiefs stated that the reason for this Egungun festival was to recognize and emphasise our tradition, and to pray for the dead people, as well as to pray for the survival of the nation.
They therefore, advised all Nigerians irrespective of their religions to retrace their step to our foundation, Orunmila, the way our forefathers used to do in the olden days.
“We need to always consult Ifa oracle, so that all the tragedies that have befallen the nation in recent times, will be a thing of the past,” the two traditional chief advised
The occasion was well attended by eminent personalities across the state including Baale of Ojota, M.S. Dada, Alajuwon of Ajuwonland, Oba Nurudeen Adeniran Egunsola, Chief Lasisi Apalara, Chairman, Oje Progressive Association of Nigeria, Baale Agboyin (2), Chief Taiwo Lamina Adesegun, traditional rulers, business executives, and top political office-holders among others.