Make Yoruba language compulsory in schools,Gani Adams urgesS/West Govs,Legislatures - DE-REPORTORIAL


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Friday, November 10, 2023

Make Yoruba language compulsory in schools,Gani Adams urgesS/West Govs,Legislatures

Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land,
Iba Gani Adams has urged the state governors and states House Assemblies in the South West to make Yoruba language compulsory subject in schools from the basic, secondary and tertiary institutions, saying such initiative would help in deepened knowledge of traditional religion in Yoruba land.

Adams made the call on Thursday during the 2023 edition of Odo Erelu Festival,at Meiran, Agbado Oke-Odo  Local Council Development Area of  Lagos State.

He said one of the best ways to sustain Yoruba culture and tradition is to teach the younger generation everything they need to know about the language, culture and identity, adding that it is the role of the government in the south west to promote Yoruba language.

"Yoruba language should be a compulsory subject in our  schools from the basic, secondary and tertiary institutions.

"Our children should be taught Ifa and other traditional religion knowledge for them to know and  have comprehensive knowledge about our history,our existence and the science of our languages.
"Ifa usually enhances our spiritual knowledge and gave insights into the background of our being and existence.

"The Chinese and all the Asian countries will always teach their children the basic and core knowledge of their culture and traditions.

"Cultural festivals,like Osun Osogbo, Olokun and Odo Erelu Festivals have remained a major platform that helps in sustaining the cultural identity of the people and one of the best way to define people is to know and understand their culture and tradition.

"As far as I am concerned,there is nothing bad if we teach basic Ifa's traditional religion knowledge in our schools as we  teach both the Christian Religion Knowledge (CRK)and Muslim Religion Knowledge (IRK) in our schools".

Meanwhile, the Onimeiran of Meiran Kingdom,Oba Samuel Adewale Oroja, applauded Iba Adams for using his cultural promotion activities to promote Yoruba culture and tradition.

Oba Adewale added that such  gesture had helped greatly in keeping the hope of Yoruba race alive

"All Yoruba Obas should continue to pray for Aare Gani Adams,in his efforts to project our culture and tradition.

"By celebrating Odo-Erelu Festival, we are promoting our culture and tradition and the spiritual gains can not be over emphasized.

"So I am appealing to all Yoruba Obas to keep the flag flying by supporting any initiative that is geared towards promoting Yoruba culture and tradition.

Akinrogun Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land,who is also the Coordinator General of Agbado Oke Odo,Chief Kazeem Hamzat said there is need to look beyond the challenges of the nation and seek spiritual method to solve all the problems in Yoruba land.

Chief Hamzat stated also that there's both economic and spiritual blessings in celebrating Yoruba culture and traditions through festivals.

Other monarchs that were present at the event, include the Olu of Agbegishe Kingdom, Oba Ikudaisi Okikiola,the Onipaja of Ipaja,Oba Kolawole Egunndupe, the Olorile of Orile Ifo,Oba Abdul Semiu Ogunjobi.

Also in attendance were the Osi Aare Onakakanfo,chief Gani Kayode Balogun,Parakoyi Aareonakakanfo Prof. Prof.Kolawole Raheem,the Barejiro,Chief Dauda Asikolaiye,and members of the National Executive Council and National Coordinating Council of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC)as well as that of  the Meiran  Council of Chiefs.

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