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Despite cautions and appeals from different quarters, the Oro worshippers in Ipokia Local government are making plans to commence the three day festival tomorrow.
Platform Times gathered that the Oro adherents are still making announcements of the Oro ritual which is to hold in daylight.
The group said there had been crisis in the past which was settled by a stakeholders meeting and court judgments pronouncing that the ritual should not hold in the daylight.
The group claimed holding the oro ritual is in defiance to an earlier agreed treaty after the Oro adherents attacked in 2019.
In a new development, Islamic leaders in the State have warned against impending religious crisis over the imposition of curfew.
The religious leaders under the aegis of League of Imams and Alfas in the state, expressed concerns over violation of rights on its members by the Oro traditionalists during their festivals.
Speaking on Friday in a statement signed by the Secretary General of the body in the state, Sheikh Tajudeen Adewunmi, the clerics called for the intervention of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun over ‘infringement of rights by the Oro adherents’
The statement read in parts, “We recall the agreement reached and signed last year between the Oro traditionalists, the Christians, the Muslims and other stakeholders in Ipokia with the police authority in attendance.
“The agreement stated clearly that the traditionalists should celebrate their festivals without any infringement on the rights of the other religious faithfuls or generating chaos.
“We reiterate that this agreement should be respected and made to be on all and sundry.
“Adherents of various faiths should recognise and respect the rights of the others. A true religion brings out the best out of its adherents and does not pose any hardship on the others.”
They urged Muslims to be more prayerful in the trying times.
Addressing on herders and farmers clashes in some parts of the state, the league expressed concern over incessant clashes between farmers and herders in the state.
While describing the incidents as worrisome, they called on Federal and State Governments to find a quick solution to the farmers and herders clashes.
“…even as the nation and the state are faced with security challenges resulting from farmer/herder clashes, banditry, kidnapping, wanton destruction of lives and properties, we request all and sundry to maintain internal togetherness within the communities to harvest abundant strength to face common threats.
“Following the incessant reports from various quarters bordering on general insecurity and our understanding of the fundamental principle of Sharia which is clear on the importance of protection of lives and properties, the League of Imams and Alfas of Ogun State had taken a critical look at the precarious state of security in our state in particular and the nation as a whole.
“The present situation is quite worrisome. Therefore, the League hereby calls on the state and the federal governments to intensify efforts towards curbing the spate of killings, kidnapping and other security breaches all over.
“The incessant clashes between the farmers and the herders that have occurred more frequently with more violent and devastating outcomes in the recent times require a more all-ecompassing approach to find a lasting solution.
“We therefore implore our governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to be quick and firm in handling this issue of multiple security threats in Ogun state before it gets out of hand.
“There is no gain saying that Ogun state should make the best of the opportunity that this meeting may present for the Southwest when it comes.
“We also call on the members of the public to remain calm but vigilant. Islam teaches us to be good neighbours to one another, to be our brothers’ keepers and to avoid any action that may put self and others in jeopardy.
“Therefore, no one should threaten another, no one should collaborate with others to kidnap another; no one should destroy others’ farmlands/properties and no one should be happy at making the others sad, unnecessarily. The nation should firm up her institutions to teach and spread Patriotism, love, justice and fairness”, the statement added.
All efforts to reach the Oro ritual group proved abortive as the Oro adherents were reportedly in their forest as at the time of filling this report.
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