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Traditional Worshipers Want Culture Day Approved

Posted: Jun 20, 2015 at 2:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ajibola Abayomi, Lagos


The President of the Association of African Traditional Religion, Nigeria and Overseas (AATREN), Chief Ifasegun Elegushi, has called on government to declare a day to celebrate traditional culture in the country.

Elegushi, while addressing journalists in Lagos after appeasing the gods at the Traditional Worship Centre, Iroko-Awe, Ikate – Elegushi, said:, “for development, protection and peace to reign in any society, the culture of that environment must be maintained, protected and respected.”

He called on the Federal Government to approve a day for celebration of culture to allow traditional worshippers appease the gods of the land.

The Opemoluwa of Ikateland said, “We cannot afford to keep silent. It behooves on those that have ears to listen and hearken to our words and warnings. Though,  we are glad that today, our voice seems to be getting light of the day as you can see the representatives of the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in person of Alhaji Hassan Mondiu, who had come on our invitation and as well  the representative of Osun State governor.

“We can tell you that if traditional worshippers too are accorded the needed recognition, you will all see how peaceful the country will be when we pull our resources and god-given talents together and fight to a stand-still all calamities befallen or seen from a far that would befall this country.”

Representative of the Lagos State Governor, Alhaji Hassan Mondiu, tasked the traditional worshipers to continue to pray for peace in Lagos State and Nigeria.

He assured that their requests would be conveyed to the governor and urged the traditional worshippers to support the transformation agenda of the governor.

Highlight of activities at the prayer center included prayer for the peace in Lagos State and sacrifices at strategic places to appease gods to halt petrol tanker accidents in the country.