The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, has approved the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the annual Ojude Oba festival of Ijebu Ode.
A statement by the coordinator of the festival, Chief (Dr.) Fassy Yusuf, attributed the cancellation to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the second time in two years that the festival that unites Muslims, Christians, and adherents of other faith in Ijebuland will be cancelled.
The festival usually holds two days after the Eid-el Kabir festival
In his.sallah message the Awujale thanked his subjects for the peace, progress, and tranquility pervading Ijebuland.
He also prayed for additional economic and social prosperity within Ijebuland and charged his people to remain resolute and be optimistic that sooner than later, Ijebu state would become a reality.
Oba Adetona further charged his people and visitors to Ijebuland during and after the festival to ensure they wear their nose masks, wash their hands regularly with soap and keep social and physical distances at public places.
He also appealed to them to get vaccinated against the pandemic and adhere to other medical protocols as directed by the federal, state, and local government authorities.
The eminent Ijebu monarch prayed for the return of peace and prosperity to all troubled areas of our great and beloved country, Nigeria.