Families of deceased Ogun monarchs to determine method of burial

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun on Monday brought a copy of the controversial bill regulating the installation and burial rites of traditional state rulers at the private residence of Awujale in Ijebuland, Oba Kayode Adetona, in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State and signed it into law.

The bill was titled “Obas, Chiefs, Council of Obas and the Ogun State Traditional Council Act, 2021 – A bill providing an approved method for the selection, appointment and recognition of Obas. , Chiefs and Traditional Council of Ogun State and for ancillary and complementary purposes.

It aimed to make “a law to ensure the preservation, protection and exercise by traditional leaders of their fundamental rights to be installed and buried according to their religions or beliefs and for other related matters”.

Traditional devotees had opposed the bill, describing it as an attempt to erode Yoruba culture.

Despite opposition from traditional devotees, the assembly passed the bill late last year and forwarded it to Abiodun for his assent.

At the private residence of the Awujale, Abiodun who was joined by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo; the President of the Traditional Council of State and Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Ilaro’s Olu, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; and Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Oluwasina Ogungbade signed the bill.

Speaking shortly after the signing, the governor said the new law now allows families to determine how the remains of the monarchs will be buried.

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

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

“I believe that one of the unique things about this law, besides the fact that it sets out a method of selecting Obas and leaders, is the clarity that this law now provides with regard to the rites of passage of our kabiyesis. (monarchs).

“This law seeks to improve the laws of the western region that existed before or where there had been ambiguity regarding how our Kabiya will be buried. Now, this law now allows families to determine how our Kabiya will be buried. ”

In his remarks, the Awujale said the governor’s signing of the bill guaranteed him his re-election.

He noted that Muslims and Christians “are grateful to him for signing the bill.”

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