Isese Day: Lagos, Oyo declare public holidays

The Lagos State Government has declared Monday, August 21 as a public holiday for public servants in the state in honour of Isese Day holding on Sunday, August 20 and other forms of traditional worship.


A statement issued by Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the development read thus:

To commemorate the year 2023 Isese Day, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared Monday August 21st as Work Free Day for all Public Servants in the State.

The Isese Day, has been set aside in Lagos to celebrate the indigenous Yoruba culture and traditions as well as the preservation of the Yoruba heritage.


According to a circular issued by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, this Year’s Isese Day celebration will hold on Sunday, 20th August, 2023.


He stated further that the declaration of Work Free Day by Governor Sanwo-Olu is reaffirmation of his “commitment to continue to provide necessary support to traditional institutions in the State with a view to promoting our indigenous culture and tradition while preserving our heritage”.


The circular announced Tuesday, 22nd August at 8a.m. prompt as resumption of work for all State workers.


Governor Sanwo-Olu’s action in Lagos came after that of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, who earlier declared Monday as a public holiday for the same purpose of Isese Day.

Besides, members of the Traditional Religion Worshippers Association in Oyo State, on Saturday, commended the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, over what they termed his penchant for religious harmony and support for religious freedom.


Makinde through the Secretary to the State Government, Olanike Adeyemo, on Friday, announced that every August 20 will be dedicated to the celebration of Isese Festival while Monday 21 is also declared as a holiday for workers in the state.


This is as members of the association have been upbeat, preparing for various events that will usher in the first Isese Day festival that has the approval of the government.


A statement by the Secretary of the association, Fakayode Fatunde, Araba of Ibadan, Ifalere Odegbola and Aare Isese Foundation, Omikunmi Egbelade, respectively, saluted the strong will of the governor to institute a sense of equality among religions and adherents in the state.


The group, therefore, called on traditional religion believers to see the Isese Day celebration as an avenue to get closer to their Creator and pray for humanity, Nigeria, the state and their different households to prosper.


It said, “Although it came late, we are today happy that this governor that has always kept to his promises since he got to office, eventually did us this honour of setting aside a special day to celebrate Isese Day in our dear state. We are grateful.


“We have not forgotten that past administrations did not give us this honour despite our appeals. Today, Governor Makinde has broken another record by placing his name on history that he took this giant leap by stamping the administration’s authority on equality of all religions for the sake of better people and humanity as a whole.


“We use this opportunity to appreciate Edumare, the Creator of heaven and earth for making us witness this day and those who have done one or two things to make this possible.”

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