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Ibadan Indigenes Warn Masquerades Against Hooliganism, Thuggery During Egungun Festival

The Ibadan Mega Voice (IMV), representing the indigenes of Ibadan, has issued a statement advising masquerades and their followers to refrain from engaging in hooliganism and thuggery during this year’s Egungun festival.

The annual Egungun festival commenced in Ibadan on Sunday, with masquerades scheduled to visit several significant locations within the ancient city. Among these places are the family compounds of notable figures such as the Olubadan-designate, Owolabi Akinloye Olakulehin in Ita Baale, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja in Isale Osi Area, the Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, Tajudeen Abimbola Ajibola in Agbeni Area, and the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Eddy Oyewole in Foko Area.

IMV, through its President Kola Olomide, expressed congratulations to the Olubadan-designate for being part of the annual Egungun festival. The statement, shared with on Monday, emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and decorum during the festival. Masquerades and their followers were specifically urged to avoid any acts of hooliganism and thuggery, both during and after the festivities.

This advisory underscores IMV’s commitment to ensuring that the cultural celebrations proceed peacefully and respectfully within the community.

He added, “This annual celebration of cultural heritage brings together the community in unity and pride.

“The festival highlights the revered Ibadan Egungun masquerades, symbolizing our rich traditions and history. It serves as a testament to the resilience and identity of the Ibadan people.

“We need to emphasize the importance of maintaining peace and respect throughout the festivities. Participants are urged to adhere to traditional customs and protocols, ensuring a harmonious atmosphere devoid of any actions that could disrupt the peace.

“Safety remains a top priority, with organizers and law enforcement providing guidance to ensure all activities are conducted safely, particularly in crowded areas. Let us celebrate this occasion with dignity and honour, embracing our cultural heritage with pride”.

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