The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Adetona, has canceled the 2021 edition of the annual Ojude Oba Festival which is supposed to hold next week after Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
In a statement released on Thursday and signed by the coordinator of the festival and Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief Fassy Yusuf, the monarch attributed the cancellation of the annual fiesta to the detection of lethal COVID-19 Delta variant in Nigeria “and the negligible number of people that had taken the anti-COVID 19 vaccine”.
The statement titled, ‘2021 Ojude Oba Festival Cancelled’, partly read, “Rather than expose peoples who will converge in Ijebu Ode from all over the world to participate in the ancient and unique socio-cultural and religious festival of the Ijebu nation, with its parade of traditional-age groups and the spectacular durbar with unsurpassable equestrian display, to avoidable and preventable health hazards, the monarch directed that the 2021 edition be canceled.
“This is the second time in its known history of more than one Century that the festival that unites Muslims, Christians, and adherents of other faiths will be canceled. The Ojude Oba Festival is normally held two days after the Eid-el Kabir (Ileya).”