The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji has made an appeal through a statement by his Director on Media and Publicity Affairs, Adeola Oloko in Ibadan yesterday that the festival should not be turned to into an avenue for violence to be unleashed. As the festival commences on Monday(today) and spans for the next 3 weeks, the monarch also made it known that law enforcement agents have assured Ibadan residents on maintaining law and order by arresting and prosecuting offenders who disrupt the peace of the city during the celebration.
“As a monarch,he said, my appeal to our people is to celebrate the festival within the ambit of the law.Also,I will like to persuade our people to avoid the use of weapons like guns,daggers, broken bottles not only during the festival but also after it.The long arm of the law would not spare any violence.
He also appealed to the masquerades and their followers to follow the routes lined up for them already by law enforcement agents, saying going to market places and highly congested areas might put people in harmful situations.
Originally slated to commence June 4th was shifted to July 3rd due to unfavourable security reports.The masquerades are expected to pay homage to the monarch in his palace and other high chiefs in their family houses to offer them prayers.