BOMB! ! ! 'Don't Use Humans For Rituals Ever Again'- Ogun Assembly Warn Obas & Traditionalists - Mc Ebisco BOMB! ! ! 'Don't Use Humans For Rituals Ever Again'- Ogun Assembly Warn Obas & Traditionalists - Mc Ebisco
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BOMB! ! ! ‘Don’t Use Humans For Rituals Ever Again’- Ogun Assembly Warn Obas & Traditionalists

Reporting now is the resolution of the Ogun State House of Assembly decision to stop traditional rulers in the state from the indescriminate use of human beings for rituals and sacrifices during the installation or burial of a monarch.

The Speaker of the Ogun state House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, made this new development known on Wednesday while declaring open, a public hearing on the traditional council law of Ogun State 2021 at the Assembly Complex, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta.

Oluomo explaining his statement further, clarified that the lawmakers are not against traditional rites for installation and burial of Obas in the state, but that such rites should not involve the use of humans, which he described as barbaric and no longer allowed.

In his words, ” Nobody is saying they should not do traditional rites for installation and burial of Obas, but we are not going to support the usage of human being for rituals, as the world has moved away from that barbaric practice, which is even against the right to life and human dignity as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” , the speaker said.

Oluomo who once again assured the traditional that their traditions remains valid, he explained that the legislation was called up to correct many existing anomalies in the traditional institution, especially the conduct of installation without following due process including absence of declaration for some traditional stools, which, he said, has been creating difficulty on how to determine those entitled to the throne.

The speaker retorted that such ” unethical practice” had made it easy for unqualified persons and strangers to lay unverified claims to the stool, thereby creating distortions in historical records in recent times.

Oluomo also said that the Assembly would pass a bill that would put a stop to the attendance of political rallies by monarchs, thereby returning the institution to its pride of place and honour, he urged that the monarchs would be visited in their balance not otherwise.

” We have equally seen where a town or village is in existence (as orile) and the Baale is there, but in their developed area, where plots of land were sold to strangers to erect residential structure, such strangers were later allotted a traditional stool illegally, instead of promoting the existing Baale to the status of a coronet Oba. It has been the new norm of short- changing the original inhabitants of the area in the selection of monarchs to the advantage of strangers which must stop.

” These are part of the things we are trying to correct and if you look at the number of petitions before the House and litigations going on in the various courts of law in the State, over 70% of such court cases are based on Obaship issues because of the lacuna and errors of application of the existing traditional council laws” , he said.

Reacting to what the speaker had said, many traditional stakeholders including the representatives of Egba Traditional Council and Towulade of Akinale Kingdom, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye; National Secretary, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Comrade Yinka Folarin; Chief Imam of Gbagura, Prof. Kamaldeen Balogun; all agreed on the path and importance of peaceful co- existence among religious groups and commended the Assembly on the proposed bill with an assurance of conveying their positions through memoranda in due course.

During a conflicted moment, thehe representatives of the traditional worshipers’ group, Fagbemi Ifakorede from Ota and the State Secretary of Ifa worshippers, Faniyi Awoyemi, argued that the traditional belief and rites remained essential in the running of traditional institution, stating that monarchs were to be buried in line with the traditions and customs of their people.

This retortion spells war for the law makers as the traditionalist insisted on honouring their dead monarchs according to their rites because failure to do so, might attract dangerous consequences more than what the state can handle.


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