The Orangun of Ila-Orangun in Osun State, Oba Abdul Wahab Oyedotun Bibire I, has called on Yoruba people not to consider the current economic recession as a hindrance to the promotion of their cultures and traditions in their respective communities.
Oba Oyedotun made the call during the celebration of this year’s Isinro Festival in the ancient community.
The traditional ruler said Yoruba culture and tradition have been in existence before the emergence of the economic recession, adding that culture and tradition give a sense of belonging to the people.
Oba Oyedotun described the annual Isinro Festival as a way of appeasing their ancestors, especially Iwa, the mother of Orangun Ogboye and a means of bringing the sons and daughters of the community at home and in the diaspora.
The royal father also used the medium to call for the support of Isinro Festival by government at all levels.
Also speaking on the occasion, the National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, appealed to the Federal Government to use tourism as a veritable tool for national development.
Adams, who was elated for witnessing the festival for the first time, suggested that monuments in the country should be renovated.
While congratulating the people of Ila-Orangun over the celebration of the festival, Chief Adams assured them of his involvement in next year’s edition.
He further said that, “at a time like this, we need spiritual rebirth. We need spiritual transformation. Let us seek the face of Eledumare and go back to our roots. Let us appreciate our God-given wealth and natural endowments.”