Osun Osogbo Festival Holds Amidst Alleged Plan To Kidnap Votary Maid

Osun-Osogbo-FestivalThe Osun Osogbo Annual Festival held on Friday amidst speculations that the Votary Maid, ‘Arugba’, could be kidnapped.

There have been rumours of an alleged plan to abduct the Arugba on or before the Osun Osogbo Annual festival, but on the day of the festival, the atmosphere that surrounded the Osun groove was peaceful and the devotees were up and about doing their normal worship.

There was, however, a show of moderate security presence as an armoured personnel carrier was parked by the road side with four police vans on standby through the ‎route which the Votary Maid is expected to pass to the groove.

‎As early as 10 o’clock in the morning, the, Arugba, who was accompanied by the Osun worshipers and thousands of faithful, culture and tourism enthusiasts had proceeded to the groove for the celebration.

At the event ground, the Governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola, who was represented by a former Commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Home Affairs, Sikiru Adetona, called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to latch on the benefits presented by the groove.

He emphasised that the government could incorporate tourism benefits of the groove and other festivals in its diversification plans.

He said: “Religion and culture should be properly propagated.

“Our culture has to do with our integrity, but we unfortunately do not celebrate our culture the way we should”.

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The Victory Maid and some devotees at the Osun Osogbo Festival

Also, the Director General of National Commission for Museum and Monuments, Mr Yusuf Abdullah, lauded the organisers of the event for the facilities put in place to ease the entire process.

“The Federal Government appreciate the potential of culture to promoting tourism particularly the Osun Osogbo Festival which has been adopted as a world tourist centre by the UNESCO.

He said: “I can assure you that the government will continue to support it as well as support other festivals nationwide”.

Earlier, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, prayed for the peace and prosperity of the state and Nigeria in general.

President Buhari Hosts Tinubu, Awujale In London

Buhari, Tinubu, AwujalePresident Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, played host to the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona in London, United Kingdom.

The President shared photos of their visit via his Twitter handle on Thursday.

President Buhari has been away on a 10-day medical vacation to take care of an ear infection.

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L: President Buhari with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; R: President Buhari with the Awujale of Ijebu land

He was scheduled to end the vacation on Friday but would be arriving Nigeria on Sunday, June 19.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this to State House correspondents just before the National Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

Emir Of Kano, Awujale Sue For Peace In Nigeria

Emir Of KanoNigerians have been charged to see the cultural and traditional diversities existing among various ethnic groups in Nigeria as a unifying factor rather than one that should divide them.

This charge was made by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, when the former paid a courtesy call on him in his palace in Ijebu Ode.

The event was attended by members of the Ijebu traditional council, former governors of Ogun State, captains of industry, members of the Ogun State Executive Council among other dignitaries

The courtesy call, according to the Emir of Kano, was to extend his hands of fellowship to the Awujale for his role in his emergence as the Emir of Kano and to seek more collaboration and understanding with the paramount ruler.

As expected, the Emir solicited for cultural integration among his people and the South West Nigeria.

The Oba of Lagos, who was also part of the meeting, asked traditional rulers to live above board in their responsibility as custodians of culture and tradition.

Speaking passionately about the need to protect the integrity of the royal class, he threatened to expose some of the roles played by some traditional rulers during the Abacha regime.

The Awujale and the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, gave some advise to the new Emir and also prayed for continuous peace and harmony in the country.