Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, Owa Ooye of Okemesi-Ekiti, says conventional powers, recognized in native parlance as “African Juju’, have the efficiency of ending the present spate of kidnappings and different crimes within the nation.
The Oba made this recognized in Okemesi-Ekiti, Ekiti West Native Authorities Space of Ekiti, at a information briefing previous the grand finale of the 2021 biennial Okemesi Cultural Competition, slated for Saturday, Might 8.
Adedeji, a former Chairman of Ekiti Council of Obas, mentioned it could due to this fact be unsuitable and inaccurate for the individuals to desert their perception in such various technique of curbing crimes.
Based on him, optimum use of African conventional powers will assist in checkmating actions of bandits, particularly wanton killings and kidnappings, which now happen virtually each day in lots of components of the nation.
He mentioned as an illustration, no conventional ruler may very well be kidnapped so cheaply, besides those that had made the error of jettisoning their beliefs in African charms and powers.
The Oba identified that tradition has turn out to be a veritable supply of revenue to many countries, saying the story shouldn’t be completely different in Nigeria.
He appealed to the federal government to improve the Okemesi Cultural Competition, the place the favored legendary masquerade, ‘Oladunwo’, was often unveiled for residents, guests and vacationers to look at.
“Assaults on conventional rulers have gotten too disturbing. How can bandits be kidnapping or capturing a conventional ruler lifeless similar to that?
”I imagine that going conventional will curb these mindless killings and due to this fact not misplaced.
“Within the days of the outdated, there have been wars, and we had distinctive methods of combating them and successful. Some individuals don’t imagine in it, as a result of new discovered religions have taken over and lowered our religion in conventional energy.
“Some conventional rulers say they’ll’t use charms to guard themselves, that is hypocrisy.
“We’re custodians of custom and never wasters. Why are we operating away from our custom? How can an Oba be killed or kidnapped like a hen? I discover it appalling and troublesome to imagine.
“It’s not solely the Obas, all of us should work onerous to guard ourselves. Our forebears believed in God.
“When did this insecurity begin? Obas should get entangled within the custom. Now I’m completely satisfied that lots of people are going again to that point of the outdated to defend themselves,” he added.
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