Given the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic, the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Kayode Adetona, has approved the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the Annual Ojude Oba Festival of Ijebu Ode.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Coordinator of the Festival and Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief Fassy Yusuf.
It indicated that the cancellation was attributed to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with the emergence of the Delta variant and the negligible number of people that had taken the anti-COVID 19 vaccine.
The first-class monarch had noted that rather than expose the people who will converge on Ijebu Ode from all over the world to participate in the ancient and unique socio-cultural and religious festival of the Ijebu nation to avoidable health hazards, he directed that the 2021 edition be cancelled.
The festival which usually holds two days after Ileya comes with the parade of traditional age groups and the spectacular durbar with unsurpassable equestrian display.
This is the second time in its known history of more than a century that the festival that unites muslims, christians, and adherents of other faiths will be cancelled.
In his message to the Ijebu nation on the occasion of the 2021 Eid-el Kabir, the monarch lauded his subjects for the peace, progress, and tranquillity pervading Ijebuland.
He 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 urged his people and visitors to Ijebuland during and after the festival to ensure they wear their nose masks, wash their hands regularly with soap, keep social and physical distances at public places, get vaccinated against the pandemic, and adhere to other medical protocols as directed by the federal, state, and local government authorities.
Oba Adetona said “he is in high spirits and will be celebrating the Eid-el-kabir with his family members, observing all the COVID-19 protocols.”