The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, was requested by some Iseyin indigenes under the Ebedi Frontliners platform, to intervene in what they called “a crisis of religious fermentation” in the city of Iseyin before it caused the loss of life. human rights and acts of vandalism of property.
The group stated this in a letter that was sent to Governor Makinde on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital.
They referred to a judicial call in which Aseyin de Iseyin, Oba Ganiy Adekunle, the traditional council of the local government of Iseyin and the head of the Iseyin Gold sect were interviewed.
In the call, some Muslims were looking for a court order to stop the celebration of the Gold Festival that was scheduled for September 22, 2019.
The city of Iseyin is known for the celebration of the Gold festival and during this event, women should not be seen outside to avoid seeing the Gold masquerade.
The group’s spokesman, According to Fasasi, said the group heard that Muslims approached the court asking for a court order to stop the Gold festival.
The group added that the Muslim measure is an attempt to create a crisis in the city.
The Ebedi Frontlins have accused the Governor of Oyo of dealing with the situation and have alerted all security agencies to avoid violating law and order.
Fasasi said, “Our attention was called to a brewing religious crisis in Iseyin community recently as an Islamic religious sect was said to have approached a court in Ibadan, the State capital to get an injunction for the purpose of preventing the adherents of Oro to celebrate their annual Oro festival.”
“Sir, we heard this action was premised on the fact that the Oro traditional worshippers have picked 22nd of September as the day that was sanctioned by the Royal father, Oba Abd-Ganiy Adekunle, Aseyin of Iseyin and other stakeholders, regarding security issues.”
“We write as a socio-political organization that believes in peace as a pre-requisite for growth and social development and as well share the lofty idea that Your Excellency’s administration holds high and sacred so that Oyo State will not go back to the days of the dark.”
“It is a known fact that Nigeria is a secular State and allows for freedom of religion, but in the years past, the people of the community have witnessed violent attacks by some religious zealots who claimed to be fighting for Islam against the Oro worshipers, resulting in loss of lives and valuable properties.”
“We will be happy if your administration makes haste to pre-empt any plan to cause havoc in the community, which may lead to loss of lives and destruction of properties as our people have been enjoying relative peace since the emergence of your administration,” Fasasi said.
The group pledged their loyalty to the progress of the State which they said was being witnessed by all and sundry in the areas of education, commerce and quality healthcare delivery.