Ekiti monarch preaches peace at Ilawe-Ekiti Olokun festival
By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
The Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti and chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, Afuntade 1, has enjoined indigenes of Ilawe Ekiti to peacefully celebrate all festivals, particularly the annual Oloofin festival, which is the Oba’s festival, coming up on Friday, July 23, 2021, and to faithfully observe the COVID-19 protocols.
The monarch made the appeal in a statement made available to Orient Daily by his media adviser, Chief Ajibade Olubunmi, shortly after offering traditional prayers for peace and bountiful blessings for the entire Ilawe community in marking this year’s Olookun festival. The festival is reputed to symbolise the beginning of the traditional calendar year and heralding all festivals in the ancient town.
The occasion was witnessed by traditionalists and chiefs in which the traditional rulers’ chairman further prayed for peace in Ekiti state and an end to insecurity man Nigeria.
The Alawe urged the celebrants, including the youths and the elderly, to be peaceful during the celebrations.