Traditionalists in the Ibadan have called on Governors in the region to engage them in offering sacrifices and propitiations to the relevant deities in a bid to end crimes and criminalities perpetrated by mischief makers in the South West region.
Making this call on Thursday on Aloore Radio, an online radio station owned and transmitted by the Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism was the President, Isese Foundation of Yorubaland, Chief Omikunmi Abiola Egbelade, who stated that the time has come for the government and traditional rulers in the region to engage the traditionalists, who would make special sacrifices against the armed bandits who are having a field day in the region.
In his words: “There are so many things that can be done by the traditionalists, Muslims and Christians can be called to also come together and do special prayers but they must call on the traditionalists, who will empower the local security bodies like Agbekoya who use traditional means for security, these people will not just pray, they will do some other things like big sacrifices.
“When someone is kidnapped, the Agbekoyas will know the location of the kidnappers and trail them, because there is a way by which they can locate the kidnappers without using the modern technology, which has even disappointed the people most times.”
“Those rich people are also among the culprits, there are some Obas and even politicians, when the sacrifice is done, the secret will be leaked automatically and people will be able to see who are behind the crisis, the Kings and politicians are not interested in finding a lasting solution to this case, they are only interested in money in the position they occupy.”
Chief Omikunmi also showered encomiums on Governor Seyi Makinde for promoting culture and tourism with the last Omi titun Cultural-Tourism Festival that held recently in Ibadan.
He stated that participants in the programme showed interest in taking part in subsequent versions of the Festival in the future, adding that the event would be a source of Revenue for the State government and publicity for our Rich Yoruba heritage.