By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has declared that Nigeria and other African countries can overcome the hardships arising from the present economic recession through promotion of traditional trading methods..
Oba Ogunwusi who said this in Ile Ife while speaking at the celebration of this year’s AJE festival (festival of wealth), noted that Nigeria and other African countries began to have economic challenges when they relegated traditional trading methods.
The royal father in statement made available to newsmen by the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Mr Moses Olafare maintained that already, the ancient city of Ile-Ife has devised cultural tourism revolution as a veritable tool of battling recession by reducing it’s effects to a minimal level on his people and Nigerians.
Emphasizing that trade by barter remained one of the best trading systems in the world,he said the nature should be upheld in addition to massive involvement in agriculture.
“It is because we are not paying obeisance to what we should paying it to. Before colonisation started, our forefathers did all these and they survived in abundance. We are paying obeisance to the creation of God. Aje is something that everybody craves for. If we do what we are supposed to be doing, we will be a leading country in the world as it used to be at some point and things will turn around”.
Speaking on this year’s AJE festival(festival of wealth),Oba Ogunwusi said the celebration was an important festival that transcend beyond the shores of the ancient city of Ile Ife,saying, “It is even turning around for us already in Ile-Ife”.
“We don’t have anything that we do than worship the Almighty God and paying high obeisance to nature as mysteries created by God in which nobody can do without, that is why everything is booming for us despite the recession. We are focusing on agriculture and youths empowerment too. This is one thing other race and nation can emulate.”
Speaking,the Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Chief Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo called on Nigeria leaders to use the opportunity of Aje festival to intensify efforts in ending recession in the country, saying,”Today is about our tradition, culture. Aje is a very important festival to boost our economy. I hope government will provide the enabling environment to keep this up”.
“All countries have their tradition and ways of getting things resolved. Our leaders should work tirelessly to ensure that recession is not allowed to stay.” she said.
The Aje celebration was attended by residents, guests and worshippers from different parts of the world who were seen praying for wealth and abundance.