—- advises the people to obey govt ban on the masquerade festival
The senator elect representing Kogi Central senatorial district, Alhaji Yakubu Oseni has called on the people of the area to obey the law banning masquerade outing.
According to him the ban was predicted on the fragile peace in in the area, saying that the people must be seen to be complementing the efforts of the state government which he said was aimed at ensuring safety of lives and property of the people.
The statement which reads in part said “As controversies continue to surround the purported celebration of the banned Eche’ane festival in some communities in Kogi Central Senatorial District, I call on you all to as a matter of patriotism, obey the constituted authority that has banned the said festival.
“The State Government through the administrators of the five local government areas were reported to have placed a ban on the traditional festival citing fragile security situations.
“For emphasis, there’s a need to compliment the efforts of Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello who has invested so much resources to ensure a crime-free society.
“The importance of all traditional festivals in the land cannot be overemphasised, and at the same time, please note, that the gods or ancestors which the (festivals) are meant to appease would not be happy if it is celebrated amidst wanton destruction and civil unrest.
“We have to guide against being used as agents of destruction in the society. The responsible government of Governor Yahaya Bello and the administrators at the local levels would not fold their arms and watch our community slip into hobbesian state where life is cut short, brutish and nasty.
“I therefore appeal, since the ban on traditional festival celebrations has not been lifted, I urge you all to obey in order to avoid attracting the wrath of law.
“The current government under the leadership of Governor Bello has unreserved respect for traditional festivities and this has led to revival of some of them that were banned for decades.
“Conclusively, I beg all and sundry to give peace a chance as societal development cannot thrive in a society where mutual suspicion, insecurity and rumour mongering pervades.
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