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The Ogun State Traditionalists has appealed to President Muhammad Buhari to allow them tackle insecurity and poverty in the country through the traditional means.
The traditionalists claimed they have solutions to the challenges currently facing Nigeria.
The Oluwa Ifa of Egba, Chief Ifagbeminiyi Baoku said this during the 2021 ‘Isese Day’ held in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The ‘Isese Day’ is celebrated on August 20 and was set aside as special worship day for traditional religion worshippers to celebrate their deities and exhibit their religion.
The Oluwo Ifa of Egba during the celebration noted that the crises the country is facing was due to negligence of guidelines given by the oracle.
Baoku explained that the oracle can be consulted, while sacrifices will be carried out to tackle the problem of the country.
He noted, “we have solutions to the problem facing the country. All we need to do is to consult the oracle and make necessary sacrifices.
“Government has been sidelining us, they don’t know we are the one that can help in solving the problems.
“Traditional religion is rooted in some guidelines that if you follow it diligently, we will not be facing problem we are facing.”
The Oluwo Ifa however 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 ‘Isese day’.
Baoku who noted that worshiping of Ifa is not evil, appealed to the Governor to give importance to the worship of oracle in the state.
Also, the Chairman of the Isese Parapo Egba, Ifaniaki Amosun said the celebration is to bring traditionalists together.
He added that the Isese day is also set aside to pray for the development of the state and country.
He further said, “all governmental portfolio in the country have been voted for by all the religions in the country but after they are been voted for, they start discriminating one religion from the others.
“Every year, the governor selects a particular day to go and worship with the Christian and also a day to worship with the Muslim, Why are we always exempted from this?
“There should also be a day selected to worship with us the traditionalist as well. Wewant our government to look into this as well as the minister for culture to help us on this.”
Also present at the celebration include the Baba Isese of Egbaland, Prof. Ayinde Salami; the Ojubono of Egbaland, Chief Onifade Ogundele and some Traditional rulers in the state.