Declare Isese Day holiday In Oyo State, Traditionalists Urge Makinde 


*Laud Ogun State House of Assembly 

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Traditionalists under the auspices of Traditional Religion Worshippers Association (TWA), Oyo State Chapter, has called on the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde to declare Isese Day holiday in the state.

TWA made the call  in a statement  in Ibadan signed by the State Secretary of the Association, Mogaji Dr. Fakayode Fayemi Fatunde and the Public Relations Officer, Chief Taiwo Fagbohun, 

The traditionalists stressed that there is the need for Gov Makinde to follow the steps of South-West State Governors that have given approvals for the Isese Festival holiday and gave assent to the bill that has already been passed by the State House of Assembly for the holiday.

” We are using this opportunity to appeal to our amiable Governor in Oyo State, during whose regime different positive beginnings are being witnessed to also follow this step and declare the holiday, as done by the Osun and Ogun States’ governments”, it said 

The body added, ” Our demand is anchored upon our right as a body of believers like our Christian and Muslim brothers and the the freedom entrenched in the Nigerian constitution for us all to associate with our desired religion, we are well aware of Governor Makinde’s capacity to make the bold decision.”

“ It is noteworthy, commendable and historical, the action of the Ogun State House of Assembly for passing the bill for the Isese Day holiday for our teeming members in Ogun State, it goes to show that members of the house are not discriminatory and embrace all religion worshippers as members of the society”, it said..

TWA added, ” The Nigerian constitution allows all citizens to practice their choices of religion, in as much as it does not affect the freedom of others, it is unfortunate that such freedom of choice is not allowed to grow in Nigeria, but we appreciate Olodumare that the Ogun State House of Assembly followed the footsteps of the Osun State by declaring the August 20th Isese Day holiday.”

The body also lauded the Ogun State House of Assembly for passing the bill, approving the Isese Day holiday for traditional religion worshippers in the State.

“Ogun State House of Assembly Members anchor their resolution for the holiday on the need to propagate the rich culture and tradition of the State by preserving same for the oncoming generations”.

According to ATW, ” members of the Assembly called for the observation of every 20th of August as Isese-Cultural Day, which should be declared a work-free day.

New Nigerian recalls that Ogun State House of Assembly gave their nod for the holiday on Tuesday, years after their predecessors in the chamber declined requests by the traditional religion adherents for the August 20th festival, during which worshippers of various traditional deities come together and celebrate the annual festival.


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