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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Oro Worshippers, Muslims Community Exchange Words Over Festival In Oyo And Cause Tension

Oro Worshippers,  Muslims Community Exchange Words Over Festival In Oyo And Cause Tension

More tension in Iseyin City, Oyo State as the interminable controversy between Oro traditional worshippers and Muslims has taken on a new devastating form as dietary worshippers accused the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of instigating the government to cancel the annual festival.

According to a report on the Nation, the rulers of the deity of Oro had directed worshippers to go ahead with their scheduled 17-day celebrations, in defiance of a public order that would stop the festival.

Traditionalists said there was no legal pronouncement preventing the festival in a declaration signed by one of their rulers, Chief Oloyede Orogbensola.

Orogbensola, who signed a declaration on behalf of the Nigerian Association of Traditional Religions Worshippers, accused NSCIA, chapter Iseyin, of intolerance towards other religions.

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The NSCIA had advised against the 17-day festival laid aside for this year's festival through its representatives, including Publicity Secretary Maruf Mustapha.

Such a celebration, it said, generally challenged the rights of the individuals in the region to carry out their legal responsibilities without hindrance and also had a tendency for followers to resort to violence and to mutilate their members, as experienced in the past.

But Orogbensola encouraged Governor Seyi Makinde and the public to disregard NSCIA's tissue of lies and misinformation that worshippers of Oro were violent and over the years had disturbed the city's peace.

He noted that contrary to the lies that Oro worshippers have been attacking Muslims and non-Muslims in Iseyin, over the years worshippers and other traditionalists have always been at the end of violent attacks by Muslims.


He added that despite the Muslim groups ' unprovoked attacks on Oro worshippers, the festival would continue as scheduled on September 22 as there was no legal restriction against the annual festival.

The traditionalists said the Muslim group's claim that the Oro festival would last 17 days was another attempt at exaggeration and blackmail, noting that women are banned from seeing the masquerade only for two of those days, the seventh day and the 17th day.

They said the other days were for festivities.

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