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The Ifa worshipers in Ogun state have appealed to the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun to declare August 20 as public holiday so as to be able to carry out ‘rituals’ in commemoration of the ‘2021 Isese day’.
Ifalola Olalekan, the Amona Egbe Ijo Orunmila Ifakoseunti who spoke on behalf of the worshippers said this at a special service lined up for the ‘Isese day celebration’ .
Olalekan who noted that worshiping of Ifa is not evil, appealed to the Governor to give importance to the worship of oracle in the state.
Speaking on the importance of the Isese festival, the Ifa priest stressed that the traditional religion is the first religion ‘authorized by God’.
He maintained that traditional religion should share the same popularity as Christianity and Islam.
He added, “we are still pleading to the government of this state to let them know that what we are doing is not bad. We need them to support us.
“We know that everything that we do, we need government support and we are still pleading to them.
“Even this one that we are doing, we are begging governor Dapo Abiodun to give us holiday as done in other states. We in Ogun state, we are expecting our governor to give us holiday.”
When asked what will be done on the ‘Isese day’, Olalekan explained, “all what we are doing now is to make prayer for the world.
“This ifa that we are doing, there is no bad thing in it. Look at what is going on in this country now, the way we need to pray for our country is what we are doing.
“We are praying, and that is what we still want to do on August 20th at Oke Aregba. We will come together to pray for peace. We are doing it across the world not just in Abeokuta or Ogun state alone.”