Yesterday, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, took the decision to suspend the celebration of the Egungun festival in response to reports of violence, arson, and looting perpetrated by unidentified hoodlums taking advantage of the ongoing festival in Ibadan.
In a statement issued by his Personal Assistant (Media), Oladele Ogunsola, Oba Balogun summoned all leaders of masquerades, known as Alaagbaa in Ibadanland, to an emergency meeting at the ancient Aliiwo Palace in Agodi, Ibadan, today.
Oba Balogun expressed his disappointment, stating that he had previously warned against any untoward incidents during the festival and had received assurances that there would be no such occurrences. However, the reports he received contradicted those assurances.
The Olubadan emphasized that as a responsible leader, he could not ignore the suffering and fear experienced by a majority of his subjects due to the actions of a few unruly individuals who refused to abide by the law.
Therefore, he invoked the suspension clause, and the duration of the suspension would be determined by the outcome of the meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon.
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