By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Traditional worshipers in Ekiti State on Thursday asked the state government to acknowledge and appreciate the roles of traditional institutions in enhancement and promotion of culture and tradition
Also, the traditionalists urged the government to include in its calendar a special day for celebration of Traditional festival (isese day) and declared holiday
The Araba of Ado-Ekiti, Chief Ibrahim Yusuf stated this while speaking at the presentation of certificate of registration by the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture at Cultural centre Ekiti state.
According to the traditionalists, there is the need for the Ekiti state government to renovate sacred shrines and other related cultural sites in the state.
The traditionalists further requested the release of part of the sacred land in Oke Igeti, Ado Ekiti on which new governors lodge is located and other lands acquired by the state government.
Speaking, the Welfare Officer, International Council for Ifa Religion (ICIR ), Chief Adewale Oso, urged the Ekiti state government to include in their calendar a special day for celebration of Traditional festival (isese day) and declared holiday
”Osun state is getting right with the introduction of Isese day, Osun Festival and others , same in Ogun state with African Drum Festivals and others and Ekiti has Ogun in Ire, Esu in Ijelu, Osun in Igede among others which need to be celebrated and annually,” he said.
Oba Olorisa Agbaye , Oba Adewale Jamiu Eletu in his speech said while the government is playing its role in promoting culture, traditional worshipers should also act well their own part in restoring sanity to the society
“Both Christians are Islam religion are recognized because they are united , they always speak with one voice but in our own case we are not united, we often discriminate against each other which is not good for us”, he said.
Oba Jamiu Eletu then emphasized the need for unity and sanity among the traditional worshipers”, saying, “we shouldn’t allow pecuniary interest to divide us, we should be live by example and be pure as our religious preaches . Adding that those aiding and albeting criminals should stop or face the wrath of law of the land and olodumare.
Presenting the certificate, Director General Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre disclosed that Dr Kayode Fayemi “is poised to support any group promote traditional religion, culture”.
Ambassador Ojo-Lanre said those that are registered are now recognized by the government and will enjoy support from government and warned them not to engage in any form of violence during festival and traditional event.
The groups presented with certificates included the International Council for Ifa religions, Ogun Onire Festival Promotional Forum, and Ijo olorisa Parapo ati Asa ile Adulawo