Ogun State New Chieftaincy Law: Traditional Rulers to be Appointed, Buried According to their Beliefs

The Obas, Chiefs, Council of Obas and Traditional Council law of Ogun State, Bill 2021, provide for an approved method for the selection, appointment and recognition of Obas and Chiefs. It also aimed at curbing fetish practices in the process of installing and burying traditional rulers in the state.

On Monday, the signing of the bill for a law took place in the presence of the State’s paramount rulers, the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; Akarigbo of Remoland and the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, who was the promoter of the Bill. Governor Abiodun took the bill to the aged monarch’s private residence in Ijebu Ode GRA to assent to the bill.

He said, “The traditional institution is the oldest form of administration and a very dependable and reliable one at that.

“This law was promoted by Kabiyesi, the Awujale during his tenure as the Chairman of the Ogun State Traditional Council.

“I believe that one of the unique things about this law, besides the fact that it spells out a method of selection Obas and chiefs, is a clarity that this law now provides as it relates to the passage rites of our Kabiyesis (monarchs).”

The governor noted that, “This law seeks to improve on previously existing Western region laws or where there had been ambiguity as it relates to how our Kabiyesis will be buried, henceforth, this law now empowers the families to determine how our Kabiyesis will be interred, will be buried.

“Of course without prejudice to traditional rites that is meant to be performed by the customary, but it clarifies and removes any ambiguity about the fact that the families of our Kabiyesis (monarch) now have a say in how they want our royal fathers to be buried and I think this is very laudable.”

The Governor also appreciate both the Awujale and members of the state legislative arm, he said, “I want to again thank Kabiyesi Awujale because he was very persistent and insistent to ensure that we review the existing law in consonance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Like the speaker said, this bill before it became law went through a very rigourous exercise. It was subjected to inputs from the public, there was a public seating and I understand that public seating drew more attention than any public seating that the Assembly has had in the recent times because of the interest our people had in how our Chiefs and Obas will be appointed and how our Kabiyesis will be interred on their eventual passage.

“I know that they must have been under a lot of pressure but the leadership of the House stood their ground for what is right, what is just, what makes sense, for what is modern and what is in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

In his remarks, Oba Adetona appreciated the governor, saying the signing of the bill is an approval of Mr Abiodun’s second term in office. Meanwhile, the Muslims and Christians in the state described the bill as a welcome development. However, traditionalists had opposed the law and declared that it was an attempt to push cultural practice into extinction.

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