Isese Day Celebration: You are a Man of your Words, OYHA Commends Gov. Makinde for Declaring August 21 Public Holiday

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has commended the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for fulfilling his promise made to traditional religious worshippers during his electioneering campaign period to grant their request for special recognition of Isese Day celebration in the State.

The House made this assertion while reacting to Governor Makinde’s approval that henceforth, every August 20 be dedicated as public holiday to celebrate the Isese festival in the State as contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the government, Professor Olanike Adeyemo on behalf of the Governor yesterday.

In a statement issued by the Chairman House Committee on information, Media, Public Affair and ICT, Hon. Waheed Akintayo and made available to journalists, the House expressed its happiness that the motion it approved on August 9, 2023 for approval of August 20 as ‘Isese Day’ celebration has eventually gotten the nod of the Governor.

The House recalled that following a motion moved by its House Leader, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin which emphasized the importance of recognizing the contributions and beliefs of traditional worshippers, it approved 20th of August as already designated by several other States in the South West as special holiday for the celebration of Isese festival.

According to the statement, “we recalled with nostalgia that during the 2023 electioneering campaign, His Excellency, Gov. Seyi Makinde had expressed his support for granting a special day to celebrate Isese festival. He had promised the Isese adherents that he would honour their proposal once it was approved by the State House of Assembly.

With this historic decision by the Governor, Oyo State has set another example for other regions not only to celebrate and embrace their rich heritage but also to learn to foster unity and inclusivity among all religions without discrimination as being witnessed in some states in recent times.” The Statement added.

While congratulating the adherents of traditional worshippers on the celebration of this year Isese festival, the House called on them to use the Isese Day celebration to pray fervently for humanity, Oyo State and prosperity in each individual’s households.

Isese Day Festival is celebrated across the globe by traditional religion adherents on 20th of August and the day is always set aside for prayers, offering of sacrifices and festivities.

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