We Will not Tolerate Breakdown of Law and Order under Guise of Egungun Festival — Olubadan Warns Adherents

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun has called on adherents of Egungun festival to ensure that the festival is held without the usual attendant thuggery and hooliganism.

The Ibadan monarch made the call on Monday while playing host to the heads of Egungun cults (Alaagbaas) under the umbrella of Ojesowapo in his Alarere residence; ahead of the 2022 annual Egungun festival which will commence next month.

The monarch, who enjoined the Alaagbaas to help sanitise the festival towards making the purpose of the celebration which includes praying against evil occurrences and general entertainment of the residents to be fulfilled, said the palace would not tolerate breakdown of law and order under the guise of Egungun festival.

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Olubadan promised to give the group all the necessary support and assistance required of the palace, for the successful hosting of the festival whenever the time comes, insisting that everything must be done in accordance with the law.

Earlier in his address, the head of the group and the Alaagbaa of Agugu, Chief Ojebiyi Adepoju told Olubadan that the purpose of the visit was to pay homage and sensitise the palace, on the annual festival starting May 2022.

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He disclosed that efforts were being put in place to ensure that the festival is held without the attendant rancour.

“We are conscious of the unpalatable image the festival had acquired in the past and we are ready to change it.

“The visit being made to the palace is to inform Kabiyesi of our efforts in that direction and to solicit for the palace’s support because we need the cooperation and assistance of the security agencies to achieve our goal.

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“We are fully prepared for a successful and hitch-free festival. We are ready to do away with the past ugly incidents associated with the festival and we are very happy with the promise of assurances received from our Kabiyesi”, Chief Adepoju stated.


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