Oba (Dr) Sikiru Adetona, The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland has called off 2020 edition of the annual Ojude Oba Festival which was earlier scheduled to hold August 2, 2020.
The Ojude Oba Festival is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in the South-West region of Nigeria. It attracts top multinationals as sponsors with culture enthusiasts attending from different parts of Nigeria and the world irrespective of race and region.
The coordinator of the Festival and Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief Fassy Yusuf released a statement on Wednesday stating the latest development on the popular festival. Noting that the lives and health status of the entire Ijebu Land and other well wishers who usually come around to celebrate with the people are of utmost importance to the king.
The statement with the titled, 2020 Edition of Annual Ojude Oba Festival called-off’ and part of it reads, “the festival was cancelled due to the need to maintain social and physical distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic”.
“The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Adetona gave approval for the cancellation in deference to medical advice and as a display of sensitivity to the environment. The global festival would have held Sunday, August 2, 2020, two days after Eid-el-Kabir”, the statement reads in part.
“The first-class monarch while wishing all Ijebu sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora, the best of the season enjoined them to adhere to all Covid-19 medical protocol and he equally supplicated to God Almighty for an early end of the pandemic”, it reads more.