By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Traditional religion worshippers in Osun state on Friday, 15th August, 2014 stated that they will not relent in their determination to support the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola till he becomes the President of Nigeria.
The President of Traditional Religion Worshippers Association in the state, Chief Idowu Awopetu while addressing a press conference in Osogbo on the 2014 Isese Festival said Aregbesola has been very faithful to the traditional religion worshippers, hence their support for him.
According to Awopetu, the annual Isese Festival is to acknowledge and honour all the deities in Yoruba land.
On whether the traditionalists were instrumental to the victory of Aregbesola at the August 9th poll in the state, Awopetu said all religions in the state prayed for the victory of Aregbesola saying the traditional worshippers had sworn to support him till he rules the country.
Awopetu posited that Aregbesola has been fair to all religions in the state maintaining that he has been obedient to the tenets of the traditional religion despite being a Muslim faithful.
According to Awopetu, “we did not support Rauf Aregbesola because of money but because he is a traditional faithful. He has been obedient to the traditional religion and he sticks with his words unlike other leaders in the country.
“We are in support of him and we will continue to support him till he becomes the president of this country. Our hope and prayer is that Aregbesola becomes the president because he is a truthful person.
“Sometimes I refer to him (Aregbesola) as a herbalist because he possesses good behaviour. He doesn’t take any charm from us but he sticks with the truth and that is why he is endeared to us.”
Awopetu while highlighting the activities of the Isese festival otherwise known as Big Festival (Odun Nla) which is usually celebrated on August 20, a day governor Aregbesola has declared public holiday said the major highlight of the festival is the invocation to all divinities (Apebo) and Iwure (prayer) for the state, the government and the devotees.
Other activities slated for the festival according to Awopetu are visits to motherless babies home and orphanages in Osogbo, colloquium session with theme, “Exploring Religious Tourism for Economic Empowerment In The State Of Osun” while the grand finale will hold on August 20 with parade of colours and a lecture titled “Are the Traditional Rulers Still Second In Command To The gods?, to be presented by Mrs. Adeola Faleye of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.