By Peter Oriyomi
As the 2022 Osun State governorship election draws near, the traditionalists have called on religious groups to embark on prayers for a peaceful transition of power in the state.
Also advising “some desperate politicians against do-of-die politics,” the traditionalists on the platform of the Osun State chapter of the Traditional Religion Worshipers Association (TRWASO) said they had sought the face of God not to make any attempt to set the state on fire come to fruition.
The TRWASO president in Osun State, Dr. Oluseyi Atanda, at a press conference marking the 365 days of his executive stewardship in Osogbo, said: “As we approach the climax of political interplay in Osun, we as spiritualists will continue to pray to God Almighty, make supplications to the terrestrial to have a peaceful electioneering outing.
“Let me state that it is likely that some desperate politicians will attempt a do or die approach and attempt to set Osun on fire, God Olodumare will not allow this to happen.
“I want to enjoin all other religious groups to embark on prayers for a peaceful transition in Osun and admonish trouble makers to stop, or otherwise they will incur the wrath of Sango and Ogun. Osun is peaceful and we want peace for all.
“The government of the day has tried in most spheres, though, we can’t achieve 100%, lets do constructive criticism and play politics of ideology without raining insults and curses on one another, God through the Deities will appoint the most appropriate to move Osun forward.
“We wish all the governorship candidates well and may the Olympiad spirit be with you all. May the best man win the race. As we start a second year in office, we will remain focussed and strive to achieve our 5-point agenda. Thank you all for the support, prayers and cooperation.”
For TRWASO’s achievements in the last one year, Atanda expressed gratitude to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, and a host of other traditional rulers in the state for their support.
He said: “I also want to state that we have had it rough with some religious sects in the society and some individuals who choose to twist facts for self-grandiose or emolument, but we have stood firm, resolute and united to state facts as it is. The greater majority today have a better understanding of principles and practice of Yoruba Traditional Religion.
“However, we will not relent in propagating and educating all on the truth about our cherished and world sought religion. I also want to thank Kabiyesi Oonirisa, Ataoja and a host of other Obas who I can’t mention all, for their reception at their palaces and cooperation this far.
“We will continue to honour, work with our Royal Fathers and be their watch dog to ensure that the traditional stool of Obaship which is enmeshed in our religion and culture is not denigrated.”