The monarch of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ukuakpolokpolo, Oba Ewure II, has announced the cancellation of Thanksgiving Day from this year’s Igue Festival which is scheduled to take place today at the Cathedral of Santa Arousa.
The cancellation of the Thanksgiving service, which is the grand finale of the Igue Festival, is caused by the resurgence of the global pandemic, COVID-19, in the country with a daily peak of an average of 600 new daily infections in the last two weeks. across the country.
A statement endorsed by the secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, BTC, Frank Irabor, on Saturday stated that: “The Benin Traditional Council wishes to inform the general public that worship in the Church of Santa Arousa by His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N «Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo. Ewuare II, Oba of Benin on Sunday December 27, 2020, has been canceled due to the second wave of Covid-19 ”.
It will be recalled that the BTC issued a statement on Thursday inviting the general public to worship in church with Oba Ewuare II as part of the annual festival celebration.
A day later, Governor Godwin Obaseki, in a state broadcast, alerted residents of Edo State to the impending dangers as the pandemic entered its second wave, which health experts say is more deadly than the first wave. Thereafter, the governor urged people not to lose their guard and made face marking mandatory, but postponed the resumption of all schools to January 18, 2021, compared to the earlier date of the January 4, 2021.
The Igue Festival, an annual festival paying tribute to the monarch of Benin, is celebrated by the people of Bini every December, to mark the end of the year and usher in the new year.