Ogun festival: Violent Youths attack Ekiti Palace
By Bisi Oketuyi
Violence spike on Monday when hundreds of youths attacked the palace of Onire of Ire-Ekiti, His Royal Highness Oba Victor Bobade.
The youths were reacting to plead from the Oba that the Ogun Festival be organised with regard to the COVID-19 protocol.
Police and the palace were attacked this morning as the youths continued with their rage which began on Sunday.
On Sunday, youths in Ire took to the streets protesting against the monarch’s directive prompting security operatives to whisk the Oba away.
This morning, the Ogun Festival again brought dispute between its traditional worshipers and the royal guards.
‘We wanted to mark Ogun Festival. Its annual festival but the monarch is trying to obstruct the ceremony. We need the festival as a cleansing ritual against ills of the society including against the spread of Coronavirus”, Olutade Adeparusi, a youth in the town told Irohinoodua.
Palace sources told our correspndent that the counsel of the Oba was the best in the circunstance adding that Ogun Festival usually bring hundreds of visitors from several places across the world noting that in the age of COVID-19, it was important to protect the public health of the community.
“The Oba did what was right in tge eyes of law and in the eyes of tradition. There is nothing more important than human safety. He sponsored radio jingles warning that the festival should be marked in line with global rules on COVID-19. What he did was in the best interest of the community” the palace source who does not wish to be named said.
Police have been drafted to the community following the violence that continued on Monday morning.
Ire Ekiti is one of the most significant towns in Yorubaland where Ogun, the Yoruba god of Iron left a legacy that millions of his worshippers continue to relish till date.