Obatala Worshippers Demand Public Holidays To Recognise Traditional Religions In Nigeria

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Feb 21, 2018 – Obatala Worshippers Demand Public Holidays To Recognise Traditional Religions In Nigeria

Nigeria has been urged to recognise traditional religions by declaring some days as public holidays for its adherents.

The Obanisoro Obatala (chief priest of Obatala worshippers), Chief Oladotun Okanlawon Dada, who made the call in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, insisted that traditional religion be accorded recognition as accorded Christianity and Islam.

He urged the government to declare some days of the year as public holidays as a mark of respect for traditional religions.

Dada noted that the foreign religions have negatively affected Nigerians in terms of dressing, language and behaviour; thus putting on the back burner societal norms and practices.

According to him, without culture, language and tradition, Nigeria cannot move forward. He commended Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola for recognising African traditional religions.

He said:

“Only Governor Aregbesola has recognised African traditional religions by approving two-day public holidays for us every year; from August 20 to 21. The Federal Government should also exhibit such gesture.”

Dada also urged Nigerian youths to believe in themselves and stay at home to develop their country rather than travelling through the deserts and shark-infested seas to foreign countries.

He said the Europeans, Americans and citizens of other advanced countries work hard to make their countries attractive to Nigerians and other Africans.

Dada said: “We must find a way of working for this country, our children should be discouraged from going to overseas for nothing.

“Many of our children are in overseas roaming the streets and doing nothing. You find thousands of Nigerian youths washing cars, sweeping roads, doing what they find difficult to do at home.”

The Obatala priest also advocated regional government, saying it will allow preservation of natural endowments in each region.

He revealed that Obatala Temple said Nigeria would be great in 2018, but should be cautious and consistent for a landmark achievement.

He said it is the custom of the temple to confer chieftaincy titles on its members who have distinguished themselves in their various fields as far as African culture and traditions are concerned.

One of such distinguished persons in this year’s festival is the famous Ise-Ekiti-born traditionalist, Chief Olajide Oluwatoyin who was conferred with the title of Obalokun of Ekiti land.

The priest said ‘the primary duty of Obalokun is to take care of Olokun worshippers in his domain (Ekiti State), cater for their interests. If he goes astray, we have every right to correct him.

While receiving the chieftaincy title, Chief Olajide expressed his appreciation to the World Obatala Temple for the honour it bestowed on him.

He also commended Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi for his eminent role in the improving the culture, tourism and tradition.

Chief Obalokun of Ekiti land therefore promised to work for the improvement and preservation of African culture and tradition in Ekiti State.

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10 thoughts on “Obatala Worshippers Demand Public Holidays To Recognise Traditional Religions In Nigeria

    • I trust a ******* to be first to comment and demean whatever his ancestors were into while backing whatever foreigners cook up for him in their books.
      Slave mentality.

  1. Is this your problem at the moment?we need development and a stop to fulani herdsmen killing and not freaking holidays .

  2. @kunle Ilahor, it take one satan worshipper to recognize another one. who did your ancestors worship before they were brainwashed by the white people. I bet you are one of those fake Christians who goes to a church where the pastor is sleeping with female members and the pastor lives in a multi million dollar home whilst the church live in poverty.

  3. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNISE OUR OWN FATHER NAME. I THINK IT IS TIME TO STOP BEHAVING LIKE A BASTARD, WHO IGNORE HIS OWN FATHERS NAME.

    ALL THESE FOREIGN RELIGIONS ARE BASED ON PAGANISM. WE SHOULD LEARN HOW TO SPEAK IN OUR FOREFATHERS LANGUAGE

    BECAUSE SOME OF US SPEAK THE LANGUAGE THAT YOUR SPIRIT DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

    IF YOU ARE YORUBA OR IGBO OR HAUSA, WHY NOT SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR FOREFATHER.

    IT IS TIME TO STOP RUBBISHING OUR OWN SPIRIT BECAUSE SOME OF THESE SO CALLED HOLY LAND, GAVE US THEIR OWN IDOLS TO WORSHIP AND THE MORE YOU WORSHIP THEIR OWN, THEN YOUR LIFE BECOME RUIN.
    PLEASE STOP TALKING IN TONGUE, BECAUSE YOU MIGHT BE CURSING YOURSELF.

    PLEASE SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR FOREFATHER, PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE YOUR OWN SPIRIT.

    BECAUSE THE SLAVE MASTERS ARE IDOL WORSHIPERS WHO GAVE US THE DEMON TO WORSHIP,THAT IS WHY ALL THE PASTORS ARE AFTER THE DEMON BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY THING THEY KNOW.

    THEY ARE VAMPIRES,[ MUJEMUJE ] THAT IS WHY THEY SAY THEIR gOD NEED BLOOD AND SOMEONE HAD TO DIE FOR YOUR WRONGDOING.

    SO, IF SOMEONE HAS TO DIE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE WRONG, DOES IT MEANS THAT OUR GOD WAS A VAMPIRE WHO MUST DRINK BLOOD OF SOMEONE BEFORE HE CAN FORGIVE YOU?.

    PEOPLE SHOULD STOP MAKING OUR CREATOR LOOK LIKE VAMPIRE AND BEGGAR OF TEN PERCENT.

    BECAUSE WHATEVER YOU DO, EITHER GOOD OR BAD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING BECAUSE OF GOD.

    BECAUSE GOD DO NOT NEED YOUR WAGES OR WANT YOU TO KILL ANYONE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. IT IS RUBBISH OLD MENTALITY.

    I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT, WHEN YOU HURT SOMEONE, IT IS LIKE TAKING A LOAN FROM THE BANK.

    IT MEANS YOU HAVE CREATED YOUR DEBTS AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR PARENTS.

    BECAUSE THESE DEBTS WAS IN YOUR NAME AND NOBODY WOULD HELP YOU TO PAY FOR IT, AND GOD WOULD NOT BECAUSE OF YOU TURN INTO VAMPIRE BECAUSE OF WHAT LOAN YOU TOOK FROM THE BANK.

    SO, HOW COME SHOULD SOMEONE DIE BECAUSE OF YOUR LOAN [ IGBESE ] IT IS NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE YOUR LOAN IS IN YOUR NAME.

    YOU ARE THE ONE WHO WILL PAY THE PRICE OF WHATEVER YOU HAVE DONE BEHIND CLOSED DOOR, EITHER YOU SEEK FORGIVENESS OR NOT. SO, STOP DECEIVING YOURSELF

    PLEASE SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR FOREFATHER

  4. Idle nation. You can as well make every day a holiday. What does Nigeria produce, except fraud, anyway? By the time two hundred alleged traditional religions and denominations claim holidays, plus existing recognized religious holidays, what is left of the remaining days of the year? Thank God my children live in countries where hard work and productivity are accorded priority. Nigeria’s hospitals are bad enough already. Can you imagine your relatives dying because the doctor who is supposed to treat them is not on duty due to observance of his/her religious holiday?? Religion is the destructive weapon that has effectively damaged our society. Those that brought us Bible and Quran also brought us guns and bombs to destroy ourselves. Religion should be personal and observed privately without interference in other people’s rights to live their lives freely. While other countries are inventing technologies and finding cures to diseases plaguing and destroying lives, we are busy promoting religion and retrogression has taken over with a bleak future now imminent. We produce nothing and import everything. How can we make progress or build a future for our children? Wake up, Nigerians. Religion is not the answer but good works, shunning evil and value dedication to hard work. Build a future for your children.

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