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By Palma Ileye

To give room for peaceful coexistence and socio economic development, residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have been charged to remain united, law abiding and cooperate for the development of the country.

Giving the charge today during the 2022 Ojude Oba ceremony held at the LEA Primary School, Byazhin in Abuja, His Royal Highness The Iludemilade I of Byazhin in Kubwa of Bwari Area Council, Oba Olu Adore reiterated the commitment of traditional rulers in fostering peace and unity in the society while tasking Nigerians irrespective of their tribe, religious or affiliation to remain law abiding even as the nation heads to the poll next year.

Oba Adore noted that the Ojude Oba Festival was a display of the rich heritage of the Yorubas as showcased by the various age groups and family groups, as well as other cultural activities, embody the spirit of the festival adding that for over a century, this festival has amplified and promoted its rich cultural legacy.

He said that the annual festival which was celebrated by different Yoruba communities was used, to pay homage and show respect to the Royal Father and also serve as platform to showcase gratitude as well as foster peace and unity amongst those dwelling in the area.

He also stated that the Ojude Oba meant the fruitfulness of the palace saying that, “all the Yorubas assemble at the front of the palace and greet the Kabiyesi chanting Happy Birthday, Happy Christmas or Happy New Year all the celebration that are related to happiness. They come to the palace and pay their homage every year.”

Earlier in a welcome address, the President Yoruba Community in the FCT and it’s environs, Ibitoye Oladukun who spoke on the significance of the day explained that, “looking at the Yoruba community we have the issues of being factionalized, at first Yoruba community has always been one but at some point because of the dynamic society we started having different associations. As for now we are trying to unite everybody. We have set up machineries to bring everyone on board because there is great benefits in unity, if people are united they will be able to speak with one voice and enjoy the dividends of Democracy as well benefit from the government.”

He described the Ojude Oba festival as a symbol of joy and peace saying that, “the Ojude Oba festival back in the days is celebrated by the Oba, it is a festival of joy and peace it is celebrated back at home and we are replicating it. It is meant to bring people together and celebrate love and peace.”

Also a special guest at the event, the President Performing Musicians Association of Nigerian, Abraham Rupert charged Yorubas to continue to live in peace and show love to one another

The event which had in attendance several Royal Fathers from within and outside the FCT as they also showcased their various cultural displays.

Beyond the razzmatazz, the festival was an avenue for the Yourba Community in the FCT to celebrate their cultural heritage, it was another opportunity for both sons and daughters to see themselves and exchange pleasantries after many years of togetherness/absence.

Clothed in the latest fashion, the different Regberebe entered from different directions, singing, dancing and exchanging pleasantries. They entered the main bowl of the ceremony, paying homage to the Oba.

It is worthy to note that the Ojude Oba Festival is a display of the rich heritage of Ijebuland as showcased by the various age groups and family groups, as well as other cultural activities, embody the spirit of the festival.

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