Traditionalists have rights to practice their religion freely

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Due to the controversial issue that arises due to the banning of traditional religious practice in Iwo land by Oluwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, Osun State, Governor Ademola Adeleke has said Traditionalists have the right to practice their religion freely.

It has been reported that the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, has banned indefinitely some practices of traditional worshippers in his domain, citing that they are not in line with civilization. However, the traditionalists have defied the monarch, insisting that they will continue with their activities, especially to mark the 2023 Isese Day.

Governor Adeleke has intervened in the impending crisis by advocating peaceful coexistence among religious groups.

According to a statement issued by the monarch’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, he said, “Governor Adeleke has deployed his Special Adviser on Security, Mr. Samuel Ojo, to Iwo for urgent interface with both sides. The special adviser, who was at the palace in Iwo, met stakeholders and made a telephone conversation with Oluwo, who was out of town. ”

“He also had interactions with some traditionalists, who had vowed to converge on Iwoland to challenge the traditional ruler, who had reportedly banned traditionalists from his domain.”
He also said: “He spoke with Kabiyesi Oluwo and he promised to ensure peace and security, though he is out of town. He interacted with some other traditional leaders not far from the palace.
“The message is that peaceful co-existence is a must and any group that breaches the peace of the state will have security operatives to contend with. We have taken all necessary security precautions. The traditionalists are free to exercise their fundamental human rights. They must act within the bounds of law.”
“The message is that peaceful co-existence is a must and any group that breaches peace of the state will have security operatives to contend with. We have taken all necessary security precautions. The traditionalists are free to exercise their fundamental human rights. They must act within the bound of law.”