By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The traditional worshippers in Ogun State have appealed to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to declare every 20th day of October as public holiday for Isese day.
This appealed was made by Chief Ganiyu Baoku Tantala, the Oluwo Ifa of Egbaland during the worship for Ifa religion at Oke – Abola, Oke Aregba Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Tantala explained that they have been appealling to the State Government to give them their own public holiday.
He said, government used to declare public holiday for Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, asking why their own is exceptional.
He said, Prince Abiodun should emulate the former governor of Osun State who has decleared every August 20 as public holiday for Isese Day.
He added that Ekiti and Oyo States had emulated their Osun State counterparts, stressing that Ogun State should do follow suit.
While commending the former Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who set a template for his predicessor to build upon, Tantala noted that despite series of meetings and plea to the former Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, he could not do anything to help them during his eight year tenure as the State Governor.
In their separate remarks, Chief Akanbi Ifasola Olaosebikan, Olori Akeyo Onifa Obantoko/ Kemta Abeokuta and Chief Onifade Ogundele, Abere Ifa, Oluwo Ifalolese Iluparapo Oke Odo Labaiwa, Oke Aregba Abeokuta called on federal government to give proper recognition to traditional worshippers as being recognized by the Nation constitution.
They noted that dieties are angry for not been remembered by the nation’s leaders, particularly those in the realm of affairs.
They opined that it only through due recognition and respect to the deities that the country csn overcome series of attacks and insecurity facing her as a nation.
He added that Nigeria was founded by the deities and not by strange religion; Christianity and Islamic, positing that the two religion came into the country in 1842 and before then, our forefathers had been worshipping their various deities believing that they are serving the Supreme God.
Members of 2019 Isese Day are chief Dr Ifaseun Idowu Sorofayo as Chairman, chief Ifasola Olowoopejo, chief Oyenekan Olufemi, Chief Iburemo Idowu, Chief Toyin Bankole, chief Ifadairo Olowookere, Chief Mrs Kehinde Alapinni and others.