The First Permanent Vice Chairman, Lagos State Council of Oba s and Chiefs and the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa, Oba (Engr.) Kabir Adewale Shotobi, the Adegorushe, has welcomed the further recognition of the Isese Day by the State Government, with the declaration of a day as public holiday for its commemoration.
Oba Shotobi also called for more support for the traditional practitioners who, according to him, are the custodians of culture and traditions, just like the government is doing for other religions.
The Ayangbure of Ikorodu spoke with THE IMPACT, at his palace on Sunday, during the 2023 Iseses Day celebration which was well – attended by dignitaries, chiefs and different traditional and cultural groups.
At the celebration, there were spectacular displays by various traditional groups, while homages and prayers were offered to the Aayngbure.
Oba Shotobi, in his royal message at the celebration which held at the Ayangbure palace, thanked the Lagos State Government for living up to expectations, with the declaration.
“Lagos State is following suit with other states, because Ogun, Oyo and Ekiti have all granted the day as a public holiday.
“We are the custodians of culture and heritage, and I knew that Lagos State would not be found wanting in the activities of traditions in the whole of south west. So, we want to thank them for granting us this public holiday.
“lsese is important when it comes to religion. We have many practitioners who are the custodians of our culture and are doing very well in this respect. I want to thank all those that are still holding forth in preserving our deities. Isese will not go into extinction during our own time”.
“I thank many who here today, to showcase that our traditions are still in existence”.
While stating that people still cherish their culture, the royal father also called on the government to treat traditional religion as an important aspect of the society like other religions, by extending support to its custodians.
Clued from THE IMPACT NEWSPAPER