The Awujale of Ijebuland , Oba Sikiru Adetona has ordered the cancellation of the annual unique socio-cultural and religious festival of the Ijebu nation, Ojude-Oba Festival.
The cancellation of the 2021 edition, Daily Bells reports, is to curtail the effect of the surging COVID-19 cases in the country.
The monarch, in a statement signed by Chief Fassy Yusuf, Coordinator of Ojude-Oba festival and Baagbimo of Ijebu, said; “Rather than expose peoples who will converge in 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 2021 edition should be cancelled.”
This is the second time in its known history 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).
Oba Adetona also advised his subjects as well as visitors to Ijebuland “to ensure they wear their nose masks, wash their hands regularly with soap, keep social and physical distances at public places, get vaccinated against the pandemic, and adhere to other medical protocols as directed by the federal, state, and local government authorities”.
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