The Ijebu Traditional Council has shifted the annual Ojude Oba ceremony for 2020 till 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic ravaging Ogun State and the nation.
The Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, according to reports, made this known through the Ijebu Regberegbe council platforms.
The monarch added that this would enable “all necessary arrangements towards celebrating 2021 version to commence early.”
The council said the attire and other accessories should be kept till 2021 edition.
Oba Adetona, however, appealed to those that are yet to make their payments as part of their contributions towards the Ojude Oba 2020 to do so.
The first class monarch noted that those who had made payments would be excluded from payment of clothes “but would still be expected to pay other dues, such as annual dues, social, welfare and insurance premium.”
According to a letter that was signed by Ebumawe of Ago-Iwoye, Oba Abdulrazaq Adenugba on behalf of Awujale of Ijebuland and forwarded to the Ojude-Oba planning committee, “The postponement order came from the first class monarch.”
The royal father added that those who have failed to make payment of 2020 dues “will make full payment with 2021 dues.”
Awujale appealed to residents to adhere strictly and follow safety measures to curtain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
He called on those with COVID- 19 symptoms to seek help quickly, adding that God would provide safety for his subjects as well as their families in the ancient town.
Ojude Oba, which normally holds after the Ileya celebrations has been one huge cultural festival that has proved a veritable platform as a rallying point for Ijebu sons and daughters.
It is greeted with a colourful assemblage of the ‘Regberegbe’ (age grade groups) who appear in their best to pay homage to their traditional ruler, and the royal father would pray for them.