#BounceExclusive: Anxiety, Fear Grip Ikorodu Residents, Traders Over Traditional Festival
There will be strict movement restriction for residents and visitors to Ikorodu Town in Lagos on Wednesday, August 29 and Saturday, September 1 2018.
The restriction is part of activities to mark this year’s Eyibi Festival that will see the emergence of the ancient Eluku masquerade.
The festival will hold all through the night on the said dates.
According to information gathered by Bounce News, only real indigenes of Ikorodu are permitted to partake in the festival and can move about during the period.
A chief in the town, who begged not to be named because he was not authorised to speak with the media on the issue, told our correspondent on Monday that the curfew is even more required of the female gender who must not be seen during the ceremony at the aforementioned time.
“It is a taboo for any woman or girl to see Eluku”
“If any woman cannot afford to keep indoors; she is advised to leave areas where the festival will hold before it starts.''
He also advised residents and other visitors to stay off the affected areas during these hours.
The chief, however, told our correspondent that non-natives of Ikorodu had nothing to be afraid of, asking them to go about their normal business activities during the day, as the restriction of movements would only start from 10: 30 pm.
"The traditional rites will start on Wednesday and Saturday. The restriction of movement is from 10:30pm to 5: 30am”
He added that the festival was usually performed to cleanse the town of any evil.
“It means no harm, but it is usually done to ward off any impending evil or one already committed from the community."
Bounce News gathered that there are sordid tales of harassment for those who decide to violate the restriction in movement.
A resident of the town, who identified himself as Adewale Odesanya, said information had already been passed to those who live in Ikorodu.
“Yes, there would be a restriction of movement in Ikorodu on Wednesday and Saturday because of the celebration of Eluku. It is observed yearly and always announced because of those who may want to pass through Ikorodu or who do not live here,” Odesanya said.
He said Ikorodu residents are familiar with similar restrictions for another traditional, Oro festivals, but only for a day.
The restriction is already creating anxiety among residents and traders in the community.
Some of the traders who spoke with our correspondent said they usually make poor sales on the days of the festival.
An Islamic cleric, Alfa Shamsideen Salaudeen noted that on no account should any religious practice disturb another.
“We practise three religions in Ikorodu just as in other parts of the state. I don’t think the practitioners of Christianity and Islam disturb those of the traditional religion.
“Why should the adherents of tradition religion restrict other people from going about their normal activities,'' he asked.