Thursday, 26 July 2012

Oro Festival: Ogun Govt. Sues for Peace Between Religious Groups

   In view of the alarms raised by an Islamic organisation in Ogun State over an impending face off between Oro Worshippers in Remo area of the state and muslim community in the area, the Ogun State government has called for peaceful resolution of the matter between the warring groups.

The government has therefore called on the Oro worshippers to restrict their traditional rites within the precinct of their communities in order to allows for peace and free movement of people with the area.

This resolution was reached at a peace meeting which had in attendance the leadership of the two groups held  at Oba's Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Headed by the state Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, the meeting resolved that the Oro Worshippers should restrict their movement in areas where their rites is to be held and not to sack the entire town thereby infringing on the right of others within the town.

Hon. Oladapo also requested the state commissioner of police, Ikemefuna Okoye to deploy his men to the area for the enforcement of the resolution and to avoid the likely brake down of law and order during the celebration.

It will be recalled that an Islamic Organization, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC had, in a letter dated 19th July, 2012 petitioned the Akarigbo and Paramount ruler or Remoland, a copy of which was copied to the governor and other stakeholders in the state including the media, on the need to avert a face off between the two groups because of the Oro festival slated to hold during Ramadhan.

Speaking with Journalists after the meeting, the commissioner informed that the peaceful meeting was born out of the need to avert a looming crises in the state.

Hon. Oladipo who advised all groups to maintain peace further hinted that he expected everyone to abide by the resolution adding that the law will take its course should anybody or individual flout the resolution.

The Commissioner of Police said the resolution was a peaceful one because of the need to allow peaceful co-existence among the populace adding that his command we see to the enforcement of the resolution.

  The newly sworn in Chairman of Ikenne Local Government, Tajudeen Adebayo Salako assured that apart from the meeting, he will go home to talk to the two groups in order for them to accommodate one another.

Other people at the meeting included the Olofin of Lishan Remo, Oba Micheal Mojeed Sonuga, Chief Imam of Ilishan Remo, Alhaji Lawal and the representative of the Christian Community, Pastor Doglas Osozojie. 

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