The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, will lead other eminent Nigerians to this year’s ‘Ojude Oba’ festival scheduled to hold later this month in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.
The festival which holds two days after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration usually host eminent Nigerians to discuss on the development of Ijebu land and Nigeria in general.
He said it was the practice for an eminent Nigerian supported by others, to superintend over the event.
He said, “We are inviting him (Saraki) as an individual and as an eminent Nigerian.
“Every year, when we celebrate the festival, an eminent personality would be the special guest of honour.
“In the past, we have had the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson among others.”
Osinusi said it was erroneous to refer to the festival as an avenue only for fashion and cultural display.
He pointed out that the festival was also a veritable platform to transform Ijebu-land in terms of infrastructural development.
Osinusi noted that the age grades popularly known as the ‘Regberegbe’, all conceive and execute various projects annually aimed at further developing Ijebuland.
“One of the age-grade societies, ‘Egbe Bobagbeye’, for instance, had constructed a maternity centre and an eye clinic that would soon be opened,” Osinusi said.
He stated that some others had awarded scholarships to brilliant students of Ijebu origin at different levels of education.
He commended major sponsors of the festival such as Globacom and First City Monument Bank Plc among others.
“The festival is not only about the equestrian display, parade of culture and tradition, merrymaking and funfair.
“It provides the Ijebu nation with the opportunity to supplicate to the Almighty God, take stock, embark on self-help projects and reunite with family members and acquaintances,” He added.
The Ojude Oba festival has been in existence for over two centuries.
It has successfully brought together indigenes of Ijebu land from all over the world.
The chairman of the festival organising committee, Wahab Osinusi gave out the information on Monday at the Awujale (King)’s palace hall, Ijebu Ode at a press conference to herald the festival.