By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Traditional Worshippers across the three senatorial district in Ogun state have sent a warning message to members of Ogun State house of assembly for interference and plan to modernize the traditional institutions which against the inherited laws of Oduduwa.
This called was made by State Coordinator, traditional worshippers Association of Ogun State, Oluwo Fasola Faniyi during a press conference held at Ijo Orunmila Adulawo Hall, Anipupo compound, Ilugun, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Faniyi explained that all the traditional worshippers in the southwest region of the country totally condemn in very strong terms the legislative bill tagged ” H.B NO 036/OG/2020: the traditional rulers (installation and burial rites) Law, 2020″; that if its become law, will provide for preservation, protection and exercise by traditional rulers of their fundamental rights to be installed and buried according to their religion or beliefs and for other related matter attached to chieftaincy issues.
He said the bill was initiated, deliberated and enjoyed a unanimous and unprecedented speedy passage within few hours on the floor of the Ogun state house of assembly.
He pointed out that when politician carryout such express act, it really express their dogmatic intention to acting against the public interest, just because they want to favour some certain group of people.
He explained that, “It’s rather defamatory and derogatory for some members of Ogun state house of assembly to term Obaship traditional installation and burial rites a taboo, hence this could incur the wrath of the ancestors.”
He said, It’s high time all proud sons and daughters of Oduduwa, Kings, High Chiefs, Captain of industries act now and jointly stop the Ogun State house of assembly from delving into traditional rites issues, without due consideration to specifics on guiding rules, efficacy of the rites and lack of expertise on the rudimentary knowledge about Yoruba traditional heritage.
Yoruba heritage is one of the best World most appreciated tradition, considering our identity and cultural balance, wherein our strength lies in the efficacy of those rites and prestige associated with the Obaship stool from time immemorial till date.
He said, “Saying Nigeria state is being governed by dual laws; Civic and customary;, hence the Yoruba tradition, its institutions and appurtenances are recognized and permissible by the Nigeria constitution.”
According to Oluwo Ifa of Ogun state, Chief Aregbesola Anipupo, the Yoruba culture, and tradition of installing kings and burying royal cadaver’s are not in any form close to criminality or recalcitrant to the extant laws in Nigeria, stressing, that the traditions are the remnant inherent quality that justifies our self-esteem, confidence, and identity as Yoruba in a World of an expanding civilization.
He said any attempt by anyone or sponsored lawmakers to interfere or proposed Bill to modernize installation and burial rites of traditional rulers in the state would meets his Waterloo.