The Government of the State of Osun has congratulated the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and the entire sons and daughters of Ile-Ife on the celebrations of this year annual Obatala Festival.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Mrs Femi Webster-Esho.
According to her, the annual Obatala Festival is celebrated in remembrance and reverence of Obatala, the Yoruba god of purity.
She stated that, the festival which kicked-off on Wednesday (11th January, 2017) will come to a close on Monday (23rd January,2017) in Ile-Ife.
According to her, the festival started with the Oshooshi rites when adherents of Obatala in company of well-wishers circumvolution the Oshooshi Temple while offering prayers for Obatala’s guidance, protection and blessings.
Mrs Webster-Esho observed that since the festival draws dignitaries from all walks of life, it is imperative for the
celebrants and well-wishers to be peaceful and law abiding to prevent anarchy and chaos.
She therefore prayed for a successful and fruitful 2017 Obatala Festival on behalf of the State Government.