New Traditional Law 'll Strengthen Kingship Process In Ogun - Oba Onibudo Ayetoro - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

New Traditional Law 'll Strengthen Kingship Process In Ogun - Oba Onibudo Ayetoro

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| The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Onibudo of Ayetoro Budo-Ota, Oba Adewunmi Odutala, has commended the state government for signing into law the new traditional bill passed into law by the state house of assembly.

Governor Dapo Abiodun had in January this year signed into law a Bill that provides for how traditional rulers and chiefs are to be selected, appointed, recognised and buried.

It is titled ‘A Bill for a Law to provide for an approved method for the selection, appointment and recognition of Obas and Chiefs in Ogun State and for Other Related Matters and the law seeks to redefine the traditional institution to reflect the demands of present day realities.

Among other things, the law provides for the preservation, protection and exercise by Traditional Rulers of their fundamental rights to be installed and buried according to their religions or beliefs and for other related matters but the traditionalists had opposed it, declaring it was an attempt to drive cultural practice into extinction while religious leaders viewed as a good development.

However, speaking in his palace at the weekend during his 3rd coronation anniversary,  Oba Odutala commended the governor on the new law, saying it would encourage many religious leaders to get involved in the kingship process.

He said, "To me, it is a welcome development, it is a dream come true for me. I'm a Christian and by the grace of God, I never practised any religion. This act has deprived so many of us accepting to become a king in our father's land.        
"That law to me is a welcome development. We pray over it and God answers our prayer. My culture should not be mixed with my religion. Because I'm a king, I should not be diabolical.          

"Becoming a king should not force me to be diabolical. This law is the best thing this administration has done to the chieftaincy institution in the state."       

Speaking on the security problems ravaging the country, Oba Odutala called on the federal government to empower traditional rulers in the country with constitutional role to salvage the country from the incessant security challenges in the country.

Oba Odutala opined that if the government could give traditional rulers autonomy to control their domains, it would reduce security threats confronting the country.

According to him, the traditional rulers are familiar with their domains and know everyone living in their communities, saying it would be difficult for an alien to migrate to the community without the knowledge of the monarch controlling the domain.

He said, when such a law is passed, the traditional rulers should be made to be  answerable directly to the state governor.

"It is when the government learns to recognise the importance of traditional rulers, then the country will know peace. Every traditional ruler knows everybody in their community". 

"The security problem in Nigeria today is because the Kings are not recognised. We are not given the rightful position, it is during the election period that they recognise us. They come around, pay homage and after the election, they are no more. It is another four years and they will come back".

"I am clamouring for it, let the government give us a constitutional role, let us have independent power to manage our community, and let us be accountable to the governor directly. Position of a king is too much to be ceremonial.           Oba Odutala said that it will bring peace, unity and afford the traditional rulers to design their own security architecture to immediately tackle any unwanted occurrence in various communities. 

Meanwhile, the five days coronation anniversary witnessed free medical outreach including free cancer screening, free eye surgery for 36 aged, free malaria treatment, and the installation of chiefs.

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