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Assembly proposes ban on Ogun monarchs from political rallies

- Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

THE Ogun State House of Assembly has disclosed its plans to stop traditiona­l rulers in the state from attending political rallies.

The Assembly also said it would not endorse human rituals during installati­on and burial of Obas.

The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, said this while declaring open the public hearing on the proposed bill titled, ‘Obas, Chiefs, Council of Obas and Traditiona­l Council Law of Ogun State, 2021- A bill for a law to provide for an approved method for the selection, appointmen­t and recognitio­n of Obas, Chiefs and Traditiona­l Council in Ogun State and for purposes incidental and supplement­ary to them.’

Oluomo insisted that any politician that needs the support of a king should go to his palace to solicit for it.

The speaker, who lamented that the Yoruba traditiona­l institutio­n has been abused by some intruders, said it is a disgrace for traditiona­l rulers to attend political rallies.

Oluomo, however, stressed that it was important to bar traditiona­l rulers from attending political rallies so as to return

the institutio­n to its pride of place and honour.

He added, “They now turn our kings to politician­s; when they want to do a campaign, it is a must a king follows them which is not proper.

“You will see some kings in Ogun state following a governor to rallies; they will be following the governor to anywhere he is going. We call them kings and a king must be at his palace. When the governor or president wants to campaign, they should go and meet them at the palace.”

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