The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has called on the Federal Government to consider an outright ban of foreign jeans and promote local fabrics with a view to boosting Nigeria’s economy.
In a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, the Oluwo said, “I want to task the federal government to outrightly ban the importation of foreign jeans into Nigeria and promote local jeans made of Ofi to aid job opportunities and advantages.
It is about using our own fabrics to make western clothes which our kids like. You must think like the children and the youths if you want to influence them in any way.
We cannot compel our youths and teenagers to start wearing agbada made of Aso Oke or Aso Ofi. But now I have branded our Aso Oke as Telu Jeans and Telu Jeans is normal jeans trousers, shorts and jacket made of Aso Oke.
Our traditional clothes and accessories such as Ofi and beads are a demonstration of rich culture and luxuries of wealth. They are so enticing and admirable but because people attribute wearing Ofi and use of some cultural accessories as paganism, our children begin to run away from it.”