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Osun Traditional Worshipers State Position on Invasion of OAU Campus by ‘Sacrifice-carrying’ Protesters


Osun Traditional Worshipers State Position on Invasion of OAU Campus by ‘Sacrifice-carrying’ Protesters

Following the invasion of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife by some displeased indigenes of Ile-Ife with some fetish items over the announcement of Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire as the new Vice Chancellor of the institution on Thursday, The leadership and the entire members of the Traditional Religion Worshippers Association, State of Osun (TRAWSO), which is the umbrella body for all adherents of traditional religion, has distanced itself from what transpired in the school.

TRAWSO made its stance known in a release jointly signed by its President, and the secretary of the indigenous association; Dr Oluseyi Atanda, and Chief Ifasola Onifade respectively on Tuesday.

The release noted with displeasure the alleged invasion of the campus by some people purporting to be traditionalists on Monday the 21st day of March, 2022.

The release read in part: “We were told that those involved were protesting against the appointment of a non indigene of Ife as Vice Chancellor of the Institution.

“While we recognise the inalienable right of whoever feels aggrieved to protest of any perceived injustice, we consider it strange that our sacred costumes, parapanelia and other items (except charms and strange objects as reported) synonymous with traditionalists were adorned by the protesters.

“After thorough checks, we discovered that the protesters were neither members of TRAWSO in our Ile-Ife branch, nor belong to our other branches around the Ile Ife community.

“As respected members of traditional institution, we were not involved in the running of the affairs of OAU and we were not involved in the processes that led to the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor for the University, hence, we have no justifiable reason to protest the appointment of the VC of the Institution, a Federal University for that matter.

“We call on security agencies to investigate and uncover those that dressed like traditionalists and invaded OAU and prosecute those that are found wanting.

“Our members were not involved in the protest. The activities of those involved are self-serving and shameful. The worrisome aspect is the fact that the protesters tended to portray us in bad light as fetish and uncivilised and we warn against the use of our items by people that are not known to us. Those that are involved should be warned seriously as our members will not take kindly with the repeat of such show of shame which may attract stronger reaction, or even litigation from our end to protect our integrity.

“We also advise whoever wants to express displeasure through protest to take proper channel and desist from the conducts capable of destroying the integrity and honour of others. We want to place it on record that our members did not participate in such despicable acts and we dissociate ourselves from the protest and describe same as inexplicable to use anything belonging to us, when in the real sense of it, the cause of the protest has nothing to do with us.

“We believe in fairness and we oppose cutting corners. We did not participate in the protest within the Campus of OAU and we are not in anyway displeased with the management of the University regarding the running of the Institution”.

Vreporters had reported how some aggrieved Ile-Ife indigenes stormed the campus with fetish items including the display of sacrifice-carrying masquerade praying for the progress of the ancient city and also raining courses against perceived enemies of the city whom according to them working against the Ife indigenes in the university.

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