I was distressed this morning after seeing a video of some Egungun being disgraced by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.
Yes, area boys often take advantage of traditional festivals to instigate trouble. It is the duty of law enforcement agents to arrest the trouble makers, not religious leaders, who are simply doing what Christians and Muslims regularly do without any interference by the Police.
Easter is a period many Christians carry the cross of Christ around streets, singing and dancing in the process. Muslims do same during the birthday anniversary of their prophet. Pastors and Imams are never arrested when trouble breaks out. It smacks of gross discrimination and a deliberate attempt to intimidate practitioners of traditional religion to put Egunguns on display as criminals in a country, where the constitution guarantees freedom of worship.
Yoruba lawyers with interest in traditional religion should step forward to check this desecration of our freedom by the Police in Lagos State. Arrest the criminals, not traditional religious practitioners!