Ebola: State Govt Bans Tourists From Osun Osogbo Festival
by Joy Ekeke
The Osun State government has banned tourists from participating in the forthcoming Osun Osogbo festival, following the outbreak of Ebola in the country.
The government said, it was part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola to the state.
Mr Sunday Akere, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, while addressing a news conference in Osogbo, in the state capital, noted that efforts were being taken by the state government to make Osun an Ebola free state.
Akere, who lamented the high spread of the Ebola virus, stressed the need for traditionalists, especially Osun devotees, to co-operate with the state government in its bid to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
According to him, this year’s Osun Osogbo festival would be low keyed, but with all traditional rites and sacrifices by the Osun devotees in Osogbo alone.
He explained that the state government had restricted the movement of non-residents of Osun to the state, saying this would help to prevent the spread of the disease.