Ogun assembly set to pass law allowing monarchs to be buried, enthroned according to their religion


The bill for a law to provide for the preservation, protection and exercise by traditional rulers of their fundamental rights to be installed and buried according to their religion or beliefs scaled second reading.

Mr Akeem Balogun, Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, moved the motion for the second reading of the bill during plenary in Abeokuta and was seconded by Yusuf Amosun .

Opening debate on the bill, Balogun noted that it was important to review the traditional rulers law in tandem with modern day reality

He opined that Obas should be installed and buried according to their religious believes skriking out the idea of cannibalism and mutilation of Obas.

The lawmaker stated that the review of the law would make the Oba seat attractive to people of high pedigree who could contribute to the development of their subjects.

In his contribution, Mr Oludaisi Elemide, supported the bill but stated that the law should ensure that the cultural heritage of the Yoruba was not erased.

” I support the bill as much as our cultural heritage will not be erased and some identity associated with traditional rulers would not be eradicated,” he said.

Other lawmakers who contributed also supported the quick passage of the bill, saying that traditional rulers should be allowed to decide how they are buried or installed according to their religion.

In his submission, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker , charged the bill to the House Committee on local government and chieftaincy affairs for further legislative actions.

Meanwhile, the assembly has confirmed Gov. Dapo Abiodun nominee Dairo Adetokunbo as Commissioner in the state.

The confirmation followed the adoption of the committee on transport by the Chairman, Elemide and seconded by Musefiu Lamidi .

Mr Yusuf Sherif, however, moved the motion for the confirmation of the commissioner – nominee and seconded by Solomon Osho while the whole house supported with voice vote.

The speaker, thereafter, noted that the confirmation was based on the information at the disposal of the committee while screening which found the nominee suitable and qualified for the position.

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