Traditionalists in Oyo State, under the aegis of Traditional Religion Worshippers Association (TRWA), have urged the state government to declare a day for the observance of Orisa Day.
According to them, it is important to declare a day, preferably August 20, for the observance of their annual Orisa Day.
“We want the state government to give us recognition as other religions are physically pronounced with the declaration of a particular day and date for the observance of a festival for their adherents which is observed by all as a public holiday,” they said in a statement.
It will be recalled that the association recently, through its leaders, submitted a paper to the Oyo State House of Assembly on the need to recognise the association.
A statement signed by its Chairman, Oke Adejare-Adisa and made availble to the Nigerian Tribune, added that the coming together of adherents of various traditional worshippers under one umbrella is one of the reasons a public holiday should be declared for traditionalists.
The statement added: “we want the state assembly to pass a bill recognising the existence of deities and subsequently declare a specific date for the observance of Orisa Day just like Easter, Christmas, Eid-el-Kabir, among others.”