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Insecurity: Oyo to offer sacrifices, special prayers to tackle kidnapping, others

The Oyo State government has said that it will employ traditional means to address security challenges facing the state.

The state government made this disclosure through the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun.

Recall that the State had in the last few months witnessed series of security challenges.

Our correspondent recalls that no fewer than fifty-seven people had been kidnapped in the last three months.

Gunmen had also killed citizens of the state in the last few days.

The state government has, however, said it is ready to offer sacrifices, special prayers and other traditional methods to address the situation.

The resolution to use traditional means to tackle insecurity was part of a resolution at a Community Public Enlightenment meeting on Security and Peaceful Coexistence, held on Wednesday in Ibadan.

Olatubosun who convened the meeting on behalf of the government expressed the joy of the administration for the support given to the governor by the traditional worshippers since the last gubernatorial elections.

He informed that Makinde was working on the request of the traditional worshipers to be granted a public holiday.

He harped on the need to involve the traditionalists, among other religious bodies, in the effort to end insecurity in the state.

“I wish to inform you that work is ongoing on the approval of a special holiday for traditional worshippers in Oyo State, it is a long process that must go through legislation, executive assent and state gazette, the government is working on this and we need your continuous collaboration to make Oyo State more harmonious and attractive to investors.

“We need to involve you our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters in the traditional religion in putting an end to insecurity in the State, we are using this opportunity to urge you to do all you can, including making spiritual appeasements, sacrifices to ensure and maintain peace in our State.

“In the old, our forefathers had ways of overcoming insecurity, we need to go back and adopt some of these methods to make our land habitable, to make Oyo State the pride of other States and attract investors to bring their businesses, which in turn will multiply employment opportunities and improve commercial activities.”

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