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‘Ebola cannot stop Osun Osogbo festival’

25 August 2014, 13:41

Osogbo - Osun Osogbo festival will not be dampened by the Ebola outbreak according to the Chief Festival Consultant, Ayo Olumoko, reports Pulse.ng

The consultant has denied any contact from the federal government to discuss possible cancellation of the event.

Also read: Ebola fears hit Osun Osogbo festival

Olumoko revealed that the state government and the organizers will put crowd-control measures in place to curtail an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

The consultant said that any delay in the event will be denying the rights of traditionalists to their religion and freedom of association.

He insisted that if Christians and Muslims can still go to their places of worship even with the outbreak of the Ebola virus, traditionalists will hold the Osun festival.

Tens of thousands of visitors from Nigeria and abroad were expected at this year's annual Osun Osogbo festival in the Osogbo, the capital of southwestern Osun state.

 Also read:Government to explore Osun Osogbo Groove's tourist potentials

But with 12 confirmed cases of the deadly tropical virus in nearby Lagos, including four deaths, state culture and tourism commissioner Ayedun Sikiru Adetona said authorities had introduced curbs on visitors.

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