The Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council, the umbrella body for all indigenous African religions, has warned those it described as “Islamic extremists” in Ilorin.
KOKO on July 1 that a Muslim group, Majlisu Shabab li Ulamahu Society, in Ilorin, Kwara state stormed the residence of a traditional religion priestess, Yeye Omolara Ajesekemi, to impose a ban on any form of Isese fesfestival in five local governments in the state.
Isese, the Yoruba word for tradition, is used to denote different kinds of festivals held by adherents of the Yoruba traditional religion in Nigeria and Cuba, Brazil, the United States, Benin, and other countries.
The group listed four local governments in the state where any form of traditional religion is prohibited. The local governments are Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, and Asa.
The group warned a young woman who attended to them at the priestess’ residence that the Emir of Ilorin, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, sent them to convey the warning.
However, in a statement released by the president of ARSADIC, Aare (Dr) Ifagbenusola Atanda, on Monday, stressed the need to discourage religious fundamentalism in any part of the country.
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