Oluwo of Iwoland,HIM Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has called for neutral celebration of Osun Osogbo festival to include Muslims and Christians.
Oluwa said upgrade of the festival will entice people of all faiths to the site and eventually proliferate our internally generated revenue.
Oluwo made the call while receiving members of the 23rd Regular Course of the Nigeria Foreign Service Academy , Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by the Director , Office of the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nze Okechukwu.
Oba Akanbi related the old ways of celebration as limited to people of traditional faith, urged government to redirect the mode as opportunity to all and not selected few.
According to Oluwo “Osun Osogbo festival is the most pronounced of all festivals in Osun State. And the state is the source of the Yorubas. We have grown to make the festival an eye sore and encouraging source of income for the government. The best approach to achieve that through a neutral approach to its celebration. Osun Osogbo is associated with fetish objects, how then will Muslims and Christians from all the world be enticed to it” Oluwo queried
“Ifa is a seer but very few celebrate it because of dirty fetish objects attached to it celebration. Our culture needs to be upgraded to meet the popular demand of modern children who constitute majority of our population, otherwise most of our cultural beliefs may swim in the pool of extinction” said Oluwo.
The leader of the team, Mr. Okechukwu commended Oluwo for Hus digital teachings, assuring the monarch of annual consultation to enlighten annual members of the Nigeria Foreign Service Academy.