By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
With few days to the commencement of this year’s annual Egungun Festival in Ibadan, the Olubadan of Ibadanland , Oba Saliu Adetunji on Sunday mandated all masquerades in the town to observe their prayers at their respective homes
The Olubadan gave the order in a statement issued by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Alhaji Adeola Oloko made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
Oba Adetunji stressed in the statement that all the masquerades in Ibadanland “irrespective of grades” are to observe their rituals from their respective homes and pray for the speedy end to COVID-19.
According to Oba Adetunji, the decision not to have long procession this year is not unconnected with the new coronavirus pandemic and the need to observe rules associated with social distancing.
Oba Adetunji pointed out that this became imperative in view of “the boisterous nature of the festival has made it imperative for all masquerades to stay at home and perform all necessary rites until the authorities’ state otherwise.
Emphasizing that the decision was reached after extensive consultation with the relevant authorities and stakeholders Oba Adetunji then advised all the people to wash their hands, use face mask and maintain social distancing at all times to curb the spread of the plague.