The 2020 edition of the famous Ojude Oba festival has been canceled
The cancellation of the popular festival, celebrated yearly, days after the Eid El Kabir,was announced by the Organising Committee via a press statement.
According to the press statement, signed by the coordinator of the festival, who is also the Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief (Dr) Fassy Adetokunboh Yusuf the cancellation was ocassioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus which has necessitated social and physical distancing.
The cancelation, according to the statement, received the approval of the Awujale and the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, in deference to medical advice and as a display of sensitivity to the environment.
The statement further added that the first class monarch while wishing all Ijebu sons and daughters, both at home and in the diaspora the best of the season, enjoined them to adhere to all COVID-19 medical protocols and equally pray to God for a quick end to the pandemic.
The Awujale and the Organising Committee of the festival, according to the statement, commended the efforts and support of the main sponsor of the festival, Globacom Limited, and other sponsors including. First City Monument Bank Plc and Rite Foods Limited for making the festival a global event.
The Oba and the Committee, in the statement, also thanked the Ogun State Government for its assistance and partnership, while hoping that subsequent editions of the festival would be characterised by peace, tranquilty, good health and prosperity.
The global event, held annualy, was due to hold on Sunday, August the 2nd, 2020, two days after the Eid El Kabir (Ileya) festival.