Traditional worshippers move against Ogun House of Assembly over burial rites bill
Traditional worshippers in Ogun State on Tuesday mobilised stakeholders against a bill in the state House of Assembly; the bill which is titled “The Traditional Rulers (Installation and Burial rites) Bill 2020, has delved into issues concerning traditional rulers installation and burial rites.
The bill which has scaled through the second reading at the assembly was sponsored by a member representing Ogun Waterside constituency.
The Oluwo Onifa of Ogun State, Chief Aregbesola Anipupo, and the Coordinator of Traditional Worshippers Association of Ogun State, Chief Fasola Faniyi, during a press conference at the Ijo Orunmila Adulawo Hall, Ilugun, Abeokuta, stated that attempting to tamper with the rites is a desecration of Yoruba tradition.
Faniyi threatened that members of the association would take any legal step to resist any attempt to destroy the tradition.
He furher explained that Yoruba heritage remained the best and most respected tradition in the world, hence the need for the Assembly to stop further deliberations on the bill in other not to incur the wrath of the ancestors.
According to Punch, he said “It is high time all proud sons and daughters of Oduduwa, kings, high chiefs and captains of industries acted 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.
“ It is rather defamatory and derogatory for some members of the Ogun State House of Assembly to term Obaship traditional installation and burial rites as a taboo, hence they could incur the wrath of the ancestors .”
The legal adviser of the association, Oladotun Hassan, said a pre-action notice had been served on the assembly.