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  • Updated: September 12, 2023

Isese 2023: I Will Never Underrate Yoruba Culture — Adeleke

Isese 2023: I Will Never Underrate Yoruba Culture — Adelek

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has pledged to never to underrate Yoruba culture and tradition.

This is as he promised to rather work earnestly to develop it to the fullest. 

Governor Adeleke made the resolution in Osogbo at the 2023 Isese Day celebration.

Represented by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Bankole Ojo, the governor noted that his passion for Yoruba culture knows no bounds.

He maintained that it is imperative for him to develop and promote it, just like other religions in the land.

While referring to the just concluded Osun Osogbo festival, the Governor who said he would never despise the injunctions of Ifa oracle enjoined the elders to continue encouraging the younger ones to cherish Yoruba culture and traditions.

In their separate remarks, Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, who was represented by Kemade Elugbaju and the Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarin urged the traditionalists to live in unity with one other, and never give themselves to any religious dispute.

Oba Adedotun Abolarin substantiated his admonition with a scripture in 1 Peter 2:17.

"Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King." 

In their separate goodwill messages, the Araba Awo of Osogbo land, Ifayemi Elebuiban and the President, Traditional Religion Worshippers Association, Dr. Oluseyi Atanda decried the lackadaisical attitude of Yorubas to their culture at the expense of foreign culture and languages. 

The duo opined that if Yoruba culture could be embraced and appreciated in a proper way, it will contribute to the economic growth of the Country as a whole.

They appreciated the Osun State Government for being the first Yoruba State to observe "Isese day," while commending other Southwestern States for joining Osun to mark the day.

They explained that it is the unification festival for all the deities, which gives traditionalist the opportunity to give thanks to the "Olodumare" and ask for more blessings. 

The two Ifa priests urged the state government to set up a body that will see to religious crises in the land in order to forestall anybody from precipitating religious crises anywhere.

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