In a bid to ensure that traditional rulers pray for the peace of the land, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Ogunlade has ordered all shop owners to close down their shops for two days.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that this has always been the custom to commemorate the ancient annual “Amole” festival.
The Chief Press Secretary to the monarch, Michael Adeyeye, made this known via a statement which reads, “the closure of the markets was in line with the activities to mark the age-long tradition in observing the annual Aheregbe and Amole Festivals.”
“We enjoined all residents, market women and shop owners to comply with the directive, the festival will not in any way restrict both human and vehicular movement.”
Reports reveal that “The “Amole” festival is being commemorated less than a month after a similar festival called “Aeregbe” was celebrated where shops and markets were also closed for businesses.”
Giving further light to the incident, “a traditional spokesperson of the community and Asamo of Akure, Chief Rotimi Olusanya, emphasized that the two festivals among others were necessary for peace to reign in the land.”