The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, has approved the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the annual Ojude Oba festival of Ijebu-Ode.
Coordinator of the festival and the Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief (Dr.) Fassy Yusuf, in a statement, attributed the cancellation to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, its likely upsurge with the Delta variant and the negligible number of people that had taken the anti-COVID 19 vaccine.
Rather than expose people, who will converge on Ijebu-Ode from all over the world to participate in the ancient and unique socio-cultural and religious festival of the Ijebu nation, the monarch directed that the 2021 edition be cancelled.
This is the second time in its known history of more than one century that the festival that unites Muslims, Christians, and adherents of other faiths would be cancelled. The Ojude Oba festival is normally held two days after the Eid-el Kabir (Ileya).
In his message to the Ijebu nation on the occasion of the 2021 Eid-el Kabir (10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442 AH), the monarch thanked his subjects for the peace, progress, and tranquillity pervading Ijebuland.
The Awujale thanked all the sponsors of the festival for the partnerships that ensured the success of the annual festival in the past, while also hoping that the 2022 edition would be a reality.
He further thanked his subjects for their unflinching love, affection, loyalty, and solidarity in his 61years on the throne as the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland