OSUN DEFENDER investigation across some major towns in the state revealed that 80 per cent of Osun indigenes celebrated the festival with dry pots.
Besides, the usual rush during Christmas period was absent, as it was gathered that majority of the people could not travel to their home towns to celebrate the festival with members of their family.
Some of the respondents who spoke to the medium during a survey conducted, said that the 2008 Christmas festival was one of the worst festivals they had ever celebrated, as people were financially handicapped to celebrate the festival.
One of the respondents blamed the present administration in the state for celebrating the festival in a low-key, saying the government had refused “to pump money out for the people as it used to be”.
“Okay, let us do this analysis together; somebody who could not even afford a meal daily, how do you expect that person to buy dresses for his children and wife? How do you expect such person to think of buying chicken for the festival?
“Infact, some fathers would have to run away from their houses because they couldn’t stay at home and be looking at their children depressed,” he stated.
Another respondent who preferred anonymity said: “Lack of good leaders in Osun State is what is actually affecting us”.
According to him, there is no any development in the state through which people could acquire wealth for themselves.
Since the assumption of the present administration in the state, he said, many people could not afford to feed their family comfortably, not to think of celebrating the festival.
He then called on the state government to be improved economically, rather than diverting public fund into the personal pockets of those he called “selfish political office holders”.
By kazeem mohammed