African Traditional Religion (ATR) worshippers have
appealed to the Federal government to declare August 20 as
a national holiday for them.
The worshippers who noted government’s recognition of
festive days for Christians and Muslims stated that their
annual festival known as “Ise se Day’ should be given the
same treatment like other religion.
According to a statement issued by the group’s chairman
and Ogun monarch, Oba Ifarotimi Balogun, the annual
event was a day the worshippers celebrated all traditional
gods (deities) in the country.
He said this year’s edition which would hold at the June 12
Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun State, aimed at fostering
peace and unity among the deities.
“It is high time the country recognised the importance of
Olorisa/Ifa Priest. Muslim/Christian leaders consult us for
the progress of the country and they have public holidays
in their respective festivals.