The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has condemned last week’s attack on the famous Ibadan, Oyo State, masquerader, Oloolu. The masquerader and its followers were attacked by some youths last Tuesday and Wednesday during its annual festival. Some of the supporters were detained by the police on the allegation that they caused violence.
The Alaafin addressed reporters at the launch and premiere of a Hip Hop musical album, entitled: O N Rugbo Bo by AK Dollar and Eskino. He described the attack as the desecration of the sanctity of Yoruba culture and tradition.
The monarch noted that a similar Egungun festival, which was just concluded in his domain, is an annual festival for instilling social order and discipline. Oba Adeyemi said the Oyo town festival had not been marred by violence since his ascension to the throne 40 years ago.
According to him, violence is no longer appreciated as part of such programmes in Yorubaland. The monarch explained that he attended the album launch to encourage the two young musicians. The monarch urged parents to allow their children to explore their potentials by supporting them. At the event were eminent Oyo indigenes, including Senator Ayoade Adeseun.