Gani Adams, the Yorubaland Aare Onakankafo, asserts that he thinks the Osun goddess would defend people who drank the tainted water during the festival.
“I believe by the power of Osun, anybody that drank the contaminated water will not be affected,” he said on the sidelines of the grand finale of the Osun- festival on Saturday.
He also urged the Osun administration to defend the Osun river against artisanal miners’ unlawful operations.
“These artisanal miners are contaminating our heritage and this is dangerous, highly ridiculous and a threat to our tourism and cultural potential,” the Yoruba leader said.
The water during the festival’s big finale has been poisoned by the activities of artisanal miners, the Osun State administration told tourists and worshippers on Thursday.
However, despite the government’s warning, numerous worshippers and tourists were seen disobeying it on Friday.
Mr. Adams demanded that Yoruba culture be promoted in the meanwhile.
“We must continue to promote our culture because if we refuse to promote our culture, we will lose our identity and history.
“By promoting our culture, there will be cohesion and unity,” he said.
Osun Osogbo celebration, one of the oldest in Yorubaland, is one of the ways the rich Yoruba culture is promoted, according to Mr. Adams.
“Osun Osogbo festival is not about religion but rather it is about promoting Yoruba culture,” he said.