Oba Ifarotimi, fellow traditionalists preach peaceful co-existence, beg Abiodun to approve public holiday

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Oba Ifarotimi, fellow traditionalists preach peaceful co-existence, beg Abiodun to approve public holiday
Speaking at the annual Ogun State birthday 2022, tagged, “Àjọ̀dún Ìwúre Ọdún fún Ìpínlẹ̀ Ògùn'”, organised by the Ìṣẹ̀ṣe Kingdom of Truth, Cultural and Traditional Believers, Worshippers Association World Wide, Ogun State chapter, Kabiesi, Oba (Dr) Ifarotimi Adifagbola Balogun, have implored Nigerians to pray for continuous peaceful co-existence.
Oba Ifarotimi, Believers preach continuous peaceful co-existence, beg Abiodun to approve traditional holiday
Oba Ifarotimi stated that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable, adding that every citizen should see patriotism as paramount.
Kabiesi emphasized that Yoruba culture dictates that every Nigerian should love his/her neighbor as thyself.

Our culture, as a matter of fact is sacrosanct and it has helped to preserve the peoples identity and  sustained the land from complete foreign invasion and cultural annihilation.

“All our efforts and commitment should be seen as a service for the wellbeing of our state and government should not be misconstrued or misinformed about what the traditionalists and tradition itself stand for in the state.
“The fact remains that any attempt to disdain or disrepute the very core values of our tradition as enshrined by the Traditional institution which has gavarnized our peaceful existence till now might dealt a big blow on our core history as a people and throw our core values into completely oblivion  in 21st Century.
“For this not to befall our cherished cultural values and tradition in Ogun State, we are passionately appealing on behalf of Oduduwa our father, the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Enitan, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland and my humble Self, Oba Ifarotimi Adifagbola Balogun, the Olu-Ìṣẹ̀ṣe World-Wide, Forisa-Gbade I, who our dear Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR should kindly put on hold the strategic and delicate part on the process of Obaship selection process, burial and Chieftaincy title confirment.
The Foòrìṣà-Gbadé I further pleaded that the Governor should please approve and declare a one-day holiday for Traditional Worshippers in the state just as it was done in other SouthWestern States so as to publicise our native days and calendar year for posterity sake.
“Mr.Governor sir, let me kindly inform  you that we are not a Political gathering or Political party but we hold the largest population all over the world and settled at a very Strategic Political path of every State.

Hence, we desire that you give us a One-Day holiday in a whole year by your administration.

“This gesture will go along way at establishing your good will for the wellbeing and prosperity of the people of Ogun State.
“And this will not be forgotten by the generation yet unborn than making new laws and procesures of processing the burials of Traditional Rulers’, new law on Obaship selection process and Chieftaincy title that are customarily being handled by our custodians of culture and transition.
“Your Excellency sir, we understand that we are in a modern age and you are trying to modernize our culture in line with the civilised society among other things that you could lay your hands on while in office but Sir we humbly remind you that not all that partain to tradition and culture can be  changed without its implications particularly the underlining factor that it might result to stripping off our traditional Rulers’ values and reduce their Traditional power, values,  respect and honour among others as embedded in the traditional protocols and which can brew attendant consequences upon a town.
‘I want to assure Your Excellency that all members of the Ìṣẹ̀ṣe kingdom of Truth Cultural Heritage, Traditional Believers and Worshippers World-wide, do appreciate Your giant strides and steps at improving our traditional heritage especially the creation of the State Alternate Medicine Board under the Chairmanship of Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye, the first Alawo-Erin of Egbaland, a man with leadership acumen to handle and  sanitized the sub-sector towards successfully  achieving the purpose of establishing the Board.
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, our traditional Institution is facing so many challenges to day all because of lack of adequate basic knowledge about our tradition and the way government has perceived the traditional belief.
“In this regard, our royal fathers need to do more to protect our heritage that is now going into extinction while the western world are making good money from our very dynamic tradition to develop their country.
“This is the right time for all us to go back to the basis; our roots, and find out what we all have at home.
“Findings showed that there is no Family without one or two deities that they believe and worship only that, today we all claim to be civilised and see their worship as barbaric.
“One of the painful challenges today that our children, due lack knowledge and proper awarenes, have mixed up  ritual with religious activities, but there is a clear distinction between the two which require adequate information so as not to continue to confuse  generation yet unborn.
“Gentlemen of the Press let me affirmed it here again that, African religious belief is not a matter of adherence to a doctrine but concerned with supporting fecundity and sustaining the African community with religions emphasis at  maintaining a harmonious relationship with the divine powers, and their rituals attempt to harness cosmic powers and channel them for good.
“Ritual is the means by which a person negotiates relationships with other members of the community; ancestors, spiritual forces of nature, and the gods.
“The cults of the divinities are visible in many shrines and altars consecrated in their honour. Shrines and altars are generally not imposing or even permanent structures and can be as insubstantial as a small marker in a private courtyard.
“Right relations with the divinities are maintained through prayers, offerings, and sacrifices, especially animal blood sacrifices. The shedding of blood in ritual sacrifice, is believed to release the vital force that sustains life, precedes most ceremonies in which blessings are sought from the ancestors or divinities.
“The Ancestors also serve as mediators by providing access to spiritual guidance and power. Death is not a sufficient condition for becoming an ancestor. Only those who lived a full measure of life, cultivated moral values, and achieved social distinction attain this status.
“Ancestors are thought to reprimand those who neglect or breach the moral order by troubling the errant descendants with sickness or misfortune until restitution is made.
“When serious illness strikes, therefore, it is assumed that the ultimate cause is interpersonal and social conflict; serious illness is thus a moral dilemma as much as a biological crisis.
“Traditional African religion has a great influence on the church and It is note worthy that Cameroonians ferociously resisted foreign religions in the 18th century to maintain their traditional religions when Christianity entered Cameroon (Betoto, 2012).
“The Catholics, like other denominations, figured out ways to coerce many Africans to convert to Christianity without directly attacking their traditional religious values.
“Cameroonians were adamantly opposed to Christian groups that were hostile to their traditional religions.
Until lately, the Pentecostal churches found it very difficult to attract adherents because they advocated the destruction of traditional religious symbols.
“Until the mid-2000s, any Bangwa person who joined the“Born Again” denomination was ostracized by his/her entire family.
“The Catholics chose to tread a fine line by embracing some of the African cultural and religious practices that did not majorly deviate from their Western church’s canons.
“This explains why mass service in many parts of Africa is practiced differently from the way it is being practiced in Europe or in North America. There is a glaring adoption of African religious and cultural practices in the Catholic churches in Cameroon generally without which many Cameroonians might have been deterred from joining the church.
“For example, in the Bangwa land,  African religion influenced some of the rituals that occurred in church.
“The level of inter-traditional religious tolerance in Africa is worth celebrating.
“The degree of tolerance has gone a long way to impact how Africans view interfaith relationships. Unlike in the United States where it is still a problem for Catholics, Baptists, and other faiths to intermarry, Cameroonian Christians of all faiths intermarry with little or no debate over the issue”, the cleric submitted.