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Worshippers of traditional Nigerian religions protest exclusion from the National Conference
| February 09, 2014
Worshippers of traditional African religions have protested their exclusion by the Federal Government from the national conference scheduled to begin soon. In a recent announcement about the National Conference, the Federal government is to allocate six slots for each of the major religious groups in Nigeria - Muslims and Christians. This excluded all the minor religions in the country. The President of International Council for Ifa, spoke about the exclusion ot traditional worshippers and said "Most disturbing and perplexing of this arrangement is the representation of the religious groups. In the listing, six âMuslimâ leaders and six âChristianâ leaders, each representing each of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria, were invited. âA major flaw in this is that Nigeria, acting in accordance with the dictates of the foreign media, gives the impression that Nigeria is made up of only Christians and Muslims. African religion does not exist in Africaâs largest nation. Both ingested and imbibed impressions are plainly off course, clearly false, patently self-demeaning and self-abnegating. To consciously alienate and ignore this massive African religious class is therefore totally unacceptable. âIgnoring African Traditional Religion now or ever, will come back to haunt our country Nigeria for several decades to come. According to Edmund Burke (1790), People will never look forward to posterity, those who never look backwards to their ancestors. All practitioners of African Traditional Religion in Nigeria demand and should be given three slots to the national conference to represent and articulate the interests of African religion and spirituality.â He added that Related: Nigerians in the Diaspora, women groups, Nigerian youth, the disabled, etc to be represented at the National Conference

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Adedayo J.V.    Dakar, Senegal    March 09, 2014
It's just unacceptable that this whole part of religion was left out. This says a lot in how our original traditions, culture and values are under-rated by those brain-washed by their former colonial masters. All religions whether Muslim or Christian, contemporaneous or traditional have their questionable aspects So why consider only imported Christian and Muslim religions alone and make no room for any of our genuine indegenous religion!
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    February 10, 2014
Correct. "Equal right and justice", sang Bob Marley (late). But I hope the 3 representatives will not come from one tribe. Otherwise, 6 representatives like the other religions should suffice. Finally, I hope that this will not lead in future to request for public holidays to celebrate traditional religions in Nigeria.

At present, the number of such traditional religion may be over 100. If each was to have a day as public holiday, we may not time time to do public work.
God save Nigeria.
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