The traditional ruler of Ikate Kingdom, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi has praised the Lagos State Government and other state governors who accorded recognition to the traditional festival celebration, Isese Day, saying that such recognition will promote inclusion and equality.
Oba Elegushi, who was speaking at the celebration of the day in his palace, said the recognition was long due, as traditional worshipers, are part of the society, they belong to the same community as other faiths and it is only appropriate they get their own holiday as a mark of respect to their beliefs as it is with Christianity and Islam.
Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the traditonal ruler, Temitope Oyefeso, quoted the king as saying he his happy that after years of making the calls to the government, the date is now on the calendar and recognized by the Lagos state government and some other governors in the south west.
The king also appealed to the federal government to ensure that the date becomes a national holiday, adding that believers who are not of the two known faith, also contribute to the peace and progress of the country.
Isese day, a day set aside to recognize and celebrate traditional religion worhisp is celebrated annually on the 20th of August.