Oluwo Hails Awujale Over Ogun Moves To End Idolatry In Installation, Burial Of Obas - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Oluwo Hails Awujale Over Ogun Moves To End Idolatry In Installation, Burial Of Obas

The Oluwo of Iwoland, Osun State, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has hailed the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, in respect of the moves by Ogun State to legislate against 
archaic practices and idolatry in installation and burial of traditional rulers in the state.

Oba Akanbi who commended Oba Adetona, Ogbagba 11, that the positive development is just happening in his time as the new Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas, stated, for example, that Oduduwa did not perform ipebi (a period of seclusion for an Oba - elect prior to installation).

 "Ogun moves to end idolatry in installation, burial of traditional rulers.

"Kudos to Baba wa Awujale as new Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas for making history during his tenure ... Baba wa Oduduwa koshe ipebi," Oluwo stated on his social media page, on Thursday.

The Daily Crucible recalls that a Bill which seeks respect for human dignity and promotion of modernity in the installation and burial of tradional rulers had on March 3, passed second reading on the floor of the Ogun State House of Assembly. It was sponsored by Honourable Akeem Balogun.

The Bill also seeks to curb idolatry practices in the  process of installation and burial of traditional rulers, thereby giving room for any deceased monarch in the State to be installed or buried in accordance with his or her religion or belief.

While the second reading lasted, the 26 - members Assembly spoke in one voice while contributions about the Ogun State Traditional Rulers (Installation and Burial Rites), Law 2020.

The motion for its second reading was moved by Hon. Akeem Balogun, seconded by Yusuf Amosun and unanimously supported by the Whole House through a voice vote during plenary presided over by Speaker Kunle Oluomo.
 
Opening debate on the bill titled, “HB No 36/OG/2020- A Bill for a law to provide for the Preservation, Protection and Exercise by the traditional rulers of their fundamental Rights to be installed and Buried according to their Religions or Beliefs and for other related matters,” the Sponsor, Balogun said the bill became imperative as there was need to avoid archaic practices and embrace modern realities with a view to respecting the religious obligations of the traditional rulers during their installation and burial.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Oludaisi Elemide, Solomon Osho and Damilola Soneye who supported the bill, said its passage would further redefine the State’s traditional system by putting a stop to act of cannibalism- a culture inherited from the dark ages.  

Other members including Kemi Oduwole , Atinuke Bello and Abayomi Fasuwa also cited Sections 34(1) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) as the basis for upholding human dignity, positing that it was high time the traditional stools were made more attractive to positive minded citizenry of high pedigree,  whose wealth of expertise could improve and bring development to their communities.

Also, Oluomo lend his voice, saying no person, especially traditional ruler, should be subjected to any form of inhuman and degrading acts.

According to him, such archaic practices  were against development.

He subsequently referred the bill to the Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for further legislative actions.

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