Aiyetoro – Kiri Community Calls for More Government Presence, as they Mark this Year’s New Festival in Grand Style.

By Femi Ojo – Kabba

The people of Aiyetoro – Kiri Community in Bunu district of Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State have called on governments at all levels to come to their aid by establishing basic social amenities in the community for the people to access and enhance standard way of living.

This was disclosed at this year’s community new yam festival held in Kiri land yesterday.

Speaking at the epoch making event, the traditional ruler of the community, HRH, Oba Segun Durowaiye congratulated the people of the community for witnessing yet another new yam festival in good health and also for cooperating and supporting his efforts at piloting the affairs of the community to a greater height.

He said the celebration of the festival is part of what they inherited from their progenitors hence the annual festival which signifies the beginning of the eating of new yam in the community has been part and parcel of their way of life.

The Monarch said since he ascended the throne of his forefathers he has been working with the stakeholders of the community to reposition the festival so it can be a reference point in Nigeria whereby it will start to attract tourists from across the globe as such the nation can be earning foreign exchange which will in turn enhance the social economy of the people of the area.

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In his welcome address, the National President of Aiyetoro – Kiri Development Association, Engr. Olusegun Tolufashe congratulated the Monarch, the chiefs in council and the entire people of the community for this year’s new yam festival.

He said this year’s celebration is tagged Peace, unity and development to drive home the need for all the sons and daughters of the area to work together to bring peace, unity and development to the community in the coming years.

He said the festival being one of the annual fora that brings all the people, either living within or in diaspora of the community together provides the singular opportunity for them to interact and discuss on the way forward of the area hence the festival has become the rallying point of the community.

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He commended the royal father for repositioning the festival since he came on board, and promised to continue with his executive members to work with him to enhance the development of the community.

Engr. Olu also used the occasion to commend Governor Yahaya Bello for his giant achievements in the area of infrastructure developments across the state but urged him not to forget Kiri axis of Bunu district as the area need access roads, electricity, hospitals and other basic amenities that will make life more comfortable for the people.

While giving his own goodwill message on behalf of the Christian Associations in the area, Professor Ola Barinkin said the festival is sanctioned by God who said there is time to plant and time to harvest hence is a program the Christian folks in the area rallied and supported to appreciate the goodness of God in mankind.

He said as a professor of Practical Theology who is committed to African Culture and Traditions, the event is one of the programs that bring together the people of the community irrespective of class, and age hence all hands must be on deck to use it to further propel the development for the community.

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Others who gave their goodwill messages includes HRM Oba Timothy Omonile, Olu of Okebukun, HRH Oba S.O Temidayo, the Olu Odae of Odae also doubles as the Oba Ogboni of Kogi State, Hon. Duro Meseko, Hon. Kingsley Mokikan, Mr. Ayodele Abraham Kemuna.

Highlights of the event was the eating of the new yam by the Monarch and other dignitaries that graced the occasion while the hunters, Agbelege, traditional marriage, Iye jigi cultural troops, Agere and the masquerade called Kuti were on hands to entertain the audience.

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