The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has commended the Ogun State Government for signing the new Obaship Law for the state.
Oluwo who described the bill as a turnover capable of restoring sanity into the traditional system noted that the system will protect individual's right on the throne against the barbaric fiat that was obtained in the past.
While commending the Ogun State House of Assembly and traditional rulers in the state such as the Awujale of Ijebuland; Oba Sikiru Adetona, Akarigbo of Remoland; Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, Olu of Ilaro; Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and others whose influence birthed the initiation and subsequent follow up to ensure the law was passed, the Oluwo challenged other states to follow suit by facilitating similar Obaship Laws.
The monarch maintained that such will make the traditional system attractive to all and sundry irrespective of religious affiliation.
He explained that the assent has manifested and proven again that Ogun State harbours the first civilised people of the Yoruba race.
AllNews recalls that the Ogun Obaship Bill was signed into law by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Signing the law, Abiodun stated it was imperative to review the existing law as the state could not have laws that are antiquated and which contravened the fundamental rights of individual traditional rulers and what the state stood for.
Among other things, the law provides for the preservation, protection and exercise by traditional rulers of their fundamental rights to be installed and buried according to their religious beliefs and for other related matters.
Traditionalists have opposed the law and declared that it was an attempt to push the cultural practice into extinction.
The Christian and Muslim communities have however, described the bill as a welcome development.