Government at all levels has been urged to be at the vanguard of the efforts to promote Nigerian culture and religion.
Speakers at the 2016 Ifa Olokun Festival on Saturday in Sango Ota, Ogun State, including the monarch of Osolo kingdom, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka; a lecturer from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Dr Fafolarin Agboola; a German tourist, Michael Ehrenberg; and the President of the Ifa Olokun Foundation, Dr Fakayode Faluade, said traditional religion must be given appropriate legislative recognition equivalent of Christianity and Islam.
They bemoaned the neglect of traditional religion and inadequate promotion of culture by successive governments in the country, calling for moves that would prevent the extinction of the nation’s customs and culture.
Oba Agbabiaka said the traditional religion was being treated with disdain, adding that public holidays must be approved for traditional religion worshippers to celebrate their activities as done for Christians and Muslims during their festivals.
“The government needs to play an active role in the elevation of our traditional religion,” he added.
Ehrenberg, who said he was in the country to acquaint himself with the culture of the South-West, observed that the infiltration of the western culture had resulted in the neglect of the Yoruba culture.
Agboola, however, blamed parents for the gradual extinction of the Nigerian customs and culture, saying they failed to train their children.
The President of Ifa Olokun Foundation, Faluade, called for support for organisations, promoting African culture.