Olubadan warms against violence as Egungun Festival begins
Ojo Peter, Ibadan
As annual egungun festival begins in Ibadan on Monday 7 June, 2021, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1 has urged the people to eschew violence.
Olubadan in a statement made available to pressmen in Ibadan said that the egungun festival is a celebration of their people’s rich custom and cultural heritage and it should not be turned into a display of dangerous weapons such as guns, cutlasses, bottles and machetes.
It will be recalled that this year’s egungun festival is the first since 2019 as the outbreak of COVID-19 prevented its celebration last year.
Olubadan in a copy of the statement issued and signed by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Adeola Oloko, called on the masquerades and their supporters to observe every rule and regulation mapped out by law enforcement agents for the purpose of having a hitch-free celebration.
He stated further that the people should use the occasion of this year’s festival to pray for the peace and tranquillity of our society.
Olubadan through the statement warned against arson and acts of brigandage such as breaking into shops, adding that anyone caught would be made to face the wrath of the law.