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“We’ll overcome Covid-19”, Ooni says as Ife celebrate Osun festival

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Saturday said that the nation will overcome the rampaging Coronavirus disease, noting that it’s a matter of time.
Ooni Ogunwusi made this known at his Ile Oodua Palace, while playing host to Osun devotees as the ancient city celebrate Osun Festival.
The frontline traditional ruler who admitted that the pandemic is still very much around, urged Nigerians to always observe laid down precautionary measures to remain safe and avoid the circulation of fake news.
“Unlike the way we used to have it in Ife, we were forced to restrict this celebration which is a major festival in Ife to ensure that we don’t create more problems while trying to solve the one at hand.
“Osun festival as the world know is the celebration of water and we all know that water is life. We’re using this instance to reconnect with our creator through nature to cleanse the world especially to end the pandemic.
“We are remembering our ancestors and it is unfair to call us idol worshipers. Without water as portrayed through this unique festival.” The Ooni said.
At the event which was held in adherence to the Covid-19 precautionary measures, the Osun State Government was represented by Mrs. Sola Duro-Ladipo, Director of Field Research, Festival and Documentation, Ministry of Culture and Tourism while other top dignitaries graced the occasion.


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