IKORODU AWAITS CIVILIZATION

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Fetish Practices

Submitted: May 28, 2008

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IKORODU AWAITS CIVILIZATION

By Abidemi Floxy

Are we to say that the people of Ikorodu a suburb area of LagosState are yet to experience civilization or that they fear its consequences. 

 

The community still retains the stunch fetish practices where fellow human beings are used for sacrifices during festivals. The most recent of this was the May 19th “Oro” as called in Yoruba parlance, a fetish activity that usually involve rituals, was to be carried out where a reasonable number of people specifically women are said to have lost their lives. Oro is believed to be a person precisely a man with certain types of ceremonious apparel worn over him protecting him from being identified by other.

 

This participation exempts the women folks from witnessing the event let alone come in close contact with the perpetrators. Any woman caught at this time is used as a sacrificial lamb.

 

Historically, Ikorodu town was categorized under OgunState before it became part of the properties or possessions of LagosState, though settlers are majorly Ijebu indigenes. One might want to reason that instead of challenging these fetish practices, they remain fueled probably because of its closeness to OgunState where these practices are carried out in full strength, at least for continuity in tradition. But are we to say that the host State, Lagos, is in the dark about this considering the countless number of innocent lives that have been snatched forcefully in other to ensure the survival of someone or a tradition that they never really practiced.

 

Lagos is one of the several states in Nigeria where civilization has eaten deep into, characterized by its fruits and blessings. Although these kinds of practices were the pride of Africa before civilization sipped through, subduing but not totally eradication them.

There is another perplexing festival in Ikorodu, this one is restricted to the indigenes alone, and connotatively, non indigenes are not welcome and any of such who strays into their midst at this point is sacrificed.

 

Also, Eluku festival in Ikorodu is characterized by the same penalty for non indigenes- death. The festival starts at midnight and ends at 5:a.m, the following morning. Like its twin festival, it is meant for Indigenes especially of Igbogbo residents.

In some other places especially villages where this belief is practices, Oro usually comes out in the mid night when everybody is assumed to have slept.

 

This is a call to all concerned people, organizations, corporate bodies to rise up and support in the fight against the unwholesome killing resulting from this age long practice.

 


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