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Ikareland Prays for Solution to Coronavirus

There was an inter-religious prayers at the palace of Owa-Ale of Ikare Akoko, against the coronavirus pandemic as a substitute for the popular annual Aringiya Festival which was supposed to hold today in the ancient city but was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The maiden festival was cancelled for this year due to the government’s directive on social distancing to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

During the prayers held by few religious leaders, the Owa-Ale of Ikare, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin urged Nigerians especially Muslims, to use the ongoing Ramadan fast to seek the face of God for an early cure to the disease.

Oba Adegbite-Adedoyin said the Aringiya festival which has been used to celebrate maidens in the town for about 800 years now, was shelved this year in the interest of the people, as it usually attracted a large crowd.

The monarch who prayed for all inhabitants, sons and daughters of Ikareland, home and abroad, also sought God’s guidance for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in running the affairs of the country and Ondo state.

Owa-Ale advised the political class to imbibe tolerance and decorum for a hitch-free governorship election in the state which is set for October 10, this year.

Leke Adegbite

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