AFTERMATH OF IFE CLASH: TRADITIONAL WORSHIPPERS URGE YORUBA, HAUSA TO FORGIVE
The global umbrella body of all African traditional religious organizations, the Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council (ARSADIC), has charged the Yoruba and Hausa to forgive and forget about the violent clash involving the two tribes last Wednesday in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
In a statement by its President, Aare Sola Olalekan Ojeleke Atanda, who is the Asiwaju Awo Agabaye, said forgiveness is necessary because of the negative consequences of staining the abode of the Orisa.
According to him, retaliation is never the solution but every party must forgive and learn tolerance, adding that peace is light and fighting is death.
Atanda, who described Ile-Ife as a sacred ancient city and the cradle of world existence, said that the world cannot afford any disturbance and threat to lives and properties in the town.
He called on all African traditional priests and priestesses of the world to join hands in prayers and rituals with the twenty kings of Orisa Ife (Oba Isoro.) in seeking peace for the ancient town.
He said: “This is the first port of call of all the Orisa, the palace of Oduduwa and the seat of all alter egos of the deities.
Whatever is the magnitude of the causes of the discord, it can never be greater than the sacredness of the ancient city.
“Let all African traditional priests and priestesses of the world to join hands in prayers and rituals with the twenty kings of Orisa Ife (Oba Isoro), be you candomble, Lukumi, santeria or ancient Ifa/Orisa priests and priestesses. You are admonished to do your best in keeping our home safe.
“We look forward to quick, lasting peace and tranquility in Ile Ife with the leadership of our Obadio, Obalesun, Obaluru, Araba agbaye and the rest of the sixteen others.
“God, through the Orisa has given the power to us. Let us use the power to support Arole Oodua, H.I.M. Oonirisa Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.
“The days of our ancestors were perfect. Late Fasholu Amukankan led his team from 1795 till the colonial masters recognized ARSADA in 1959.
“The birth of ARSADIC on 10th September 2016, should make a difference for good, in bringing ourselves together to procure harmony in the world.”