Stop provoking our members, traditionalist group warns Islamic extremists - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, July 10, 2023

Stop provoking our members, traditionalist group warns Islamic extremists

The umbrella body for all indigenous African religion, Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council, ARSADIC, has warned Islamic extremists in Ilorin, Kwara state to stop further harassment and provoking its members in the state.

The group said it is following the unfolding events in the last one week in Ilorin, the state capital, where one of its members Omolara Ajesekemi, an Osun devotee and priestess, is being intimidated over her faith by some Muslims.

In a statement issued by the ARSADIC President, Aare (Dr) Ifagbenusola Atanda and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, it warned that the religious fundamentalism must not be encouraged in any form and in any part of the nation. 

Atanda, who is also the Asiwaju Awo Agbaye, said it was wrong for a Muslim group, Majlisu Shabab li Ulamahu Society, and the spokesperson of the Emir of Ilorin, Abdulazeez Arowona, to threaten priestess  and to stop her from holding Isese festival in the town 

The statement reads: "As long as we, the traditional religion adherents, know our boundary not to throw offensives at other faiths, we will resist any attempt to  trample on our rights to freedom of religion and association as well spelt out in the Nigerian Constitution.

"We will never fold our arms and allow extremists in any guise deny us our God-given rights and supported by the laws of Nigeria as a secular state. We are quite aware that Ilorin, Kwara State is an integral part of Nigeria and we ready to defend our faith.

"Yeye Omolara Ajesekemi has our support at all times to practice her faith, the traditional religion, which bonds all of us together. And as the tenets of our faith has taught us to be pious, be law-abiding, accommodating of other religions and value humanity, we will refuse to be initimidated and humiliated by any group or anybody."

He, therefore, called on the State Government under the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and all security agencies to intervene and live up to their constitutional duties of protecting lives and property.

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