Conventional Worshippers Stage Protest In Ibadan, Needs Gov Makinde To Tackle Discrimination And Grant Public Holidays
Conventional worshippers underneath the aegis of Conventional Faith Worshippers’ Affiliation, Oyo State chapter, Tuesday, staged a peaceable protest over what they termed discrimination in opposition to the physique by the state authorities.
The worshippers, who staged the protest on the entrance of the Oyo State Authorities Secretariat advanced, carried placards with varied inscriptions as: “Cease discrimination in opposition to conventional faith,” Oyo is a secular state, cease discrimination,” and others.
Additionally they appealed to the Muslims, Christians and others to hitch them in interesting to the state authorities to grant their request of granting public holidays for them.
The Basic Secretary of the affiliation within the state, Dr Fayemi Fakayode, who spoke on behalf of others, mentioned the federal government ought to look into their plight and deal with their agitations, including that every time election got here, politicians promised them heaven and earth however neglect the group instantly after attending to the workplace.
His phrases: “We’re gathered right here immediately to make our plight identified to all people in Oyo State. This peaceable demonstration is necessitated by the angle of the Oyo State Authorities underneath the management of Engineer Seyi Makinde to the practitioners of Yoruba Conventional Faith on this state.”
“The current administration underneath Engineer Seyi Makinde has refused to present the practitioners of Yoruba Conventional Faith in Oyo State viewers regardless of searching for the eye of the previous by the latter by means of letters, like his predecessors, the previous has exempted the letter within the cupboard and has denied the latter any sort of recognition, therefore, our questioning justice and fairness because the bedrock of democracy within the case of Oyo State.”
“As if the discrimination we’re struggling will not be sufficient, the state authorities has additionally been depriving us our constitutional proper of getting public holidays.”
“We hereby implore the Muslim group in Oyo State, Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) and different stakeholders on this state, within the spirit of non secular fairness, to hitch us in our attraction to Oyo State Authorities to cease her sport of discrimination, neglect, relegation and frustration in opposition to practitioners of Yoruba Conventional Religions in Oyo State.”
“The general public holidays we’re agitating for are 5 starting from Could 15th for Ela pageant, first Saturday of June and Friday that precedes it for a pilgrimage to our land of Otu-Ife and 20th August which Oyo State Home of Meeting has already moved the movement for since February 2017 now awaiting government consent.”