Some indigenous people of Iseyin, under the umbrella of Ebedi Frontliners, Iseyin have asked Governor Seyi Makinde of the state of Oyo to intervene in what they called “a budding religious crisis” in the city of Iseyin before it results in murders and vandalism of properties.
The group made this known through a letter sent to the Governor, a copy of which was made available to Today Nigeria Newspaper on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital.
They referred to a subpoena in which Aseyin de Iseyin, Oba Ganiy Adekunle, the traditional council of the local government of Iseyin and the leader of the Gold sect in Iseyin responded.
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In the call, some Muslims were looking for a court order to stop the celebration of the Gold Festival, which was scheduled for September 22, 2019.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper realized that the Iseyin community was known with the celebration of the Gold festival among other traditional celebrations, but during the Gold festival, women were not seen in the public to avoid seeing the Gold masquerade.
The group’s publicity director, According Fasasi, said the group heard that Muslims went to court to ask for a court order to stop the celebration of the Gold festival, adding that the measure was an attempt to create a crisis in the community peaceful.
The members of Ebedi Frontliners, while calling for calm, urged the governor to investigate the case and alert all security agencies to avoid the possible breaking of the law and order by those they described as intolerant of the religion of others.
Fasasi said: “Our attention was called to a budding religious crisis in the Iseyin community recently when it was said that an Islamic religious sect had approached a court in Ibadan, the state capital to obtain a court order in order to prevent Gold fans from celebrating their annual Gold festival.
“Sir, we hear that this action was based on the fact that the traditional Gold faithful chose September 22 as the day sanctioned by the royal father, Oba Abd-Ganiy Adekunle, Aseyin de Iseyin and other interested parties, regarding Security issues
“We write as a socio-political organization that believes in peace as a prerequisite for growth and social development and we also share the high idea that the administration of His Excellency is high and sacred so that the State of Oyo does not return to the days of Darkness.
“It is a known fact that Nigeria is a secular state and allows freedom of religion, but in recent years, the people of the community have witnessed violent attacks by some religious fanatics who claimed to be fighting for Islam against Gold faithful, resulting in the loss of valuable lives and property.
“We will be happy if your administration is quick to get ahead of any plan to wreak havoc on the community, which can lead to loss of life and property destruction since our people have been enjoying relative peace since the emergence of their administration”. Fasasi said.
The group pledged its loyalty to the progress of the State, which, they said, witnessed everyone in the areas of education, commerce and quality medical care.