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December 11, 2023

Chieftaincy Law will curb fetish practices –Ogun Muslims, MURIC

The Muslim Community in Ogun State and the Muslim Right Concerns have commended Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for the new chieftaincy bill recently signed into law, saying that the new law will curb fetish practices in the installation and burial of Ogun kings. They also said that the new law would enable each king to be installed and buried according to his religious dictates.

In a statement signed by the Secretary- General of the Ogun State Muslim Council OMC, Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, the Ogun State Muslim Council OMC hailed the actions of both the legislature and the executive led by Governor Dapo Abiodun. OMC described the law as a milestone development that will abate the shrouded doctrine associated with the ascension to the throne of Kingship and Chieftaincy, as well as the performance of burial rites upon the demise of traditional rulers and Chiefs. According to the Secretary-General, the new chieftaincy law known as “Obas, Chiefs, Council of Obas and Traditional Council Làw of Ogun State, Bill 2021” will give room for faith inclined individuals. Also speaking, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) applauded the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, for signing the Ogun State Chieftaincy Bill into law.

The Islamic human rights group described the development as a booster for freedom of religion. MURIC’s Director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said: “The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, signed the Ogun Chieftaincy Bill into law on Monday, January 10, 2022. The bill, which is titled ‘Obas, Chiefs, Council of Obas, and Traditional Council Law of Ogun State Bill 2021’, is aimed at curbing fetish practices and putting an end to the monopoly of traditionalists who have hitherto controlled all installation and burial ceremonies of kings in the state.

“MURIC identifies with the aspirations of the brains behind this bill. It is a booster for freedom of religion and a vital shot in the arm for the dignity of homo sapien, for decency and for Allah-given fundamental human rights. “It will stop overbearing traditionalists who have monopolised the installation and burial rites of Obas in the state with their fetish practices without respecting the personal religious beliefs of the Obas.” Many Christians and Muslims who are eligible to vie for the obaship stool but who have been kept in abeyance by the fetish practices will now be able to compete freely with others from the ruling houses.

“It is our hope that this will be extended to the obnoxious and illegal practice of unilateral imposition of curfews on communities by Oro worshippers. Ogun lawmakers may have to take another look at this aspect as it may require another bill to stop the imposition of an illegal curfew by Oro worshippers. “MURIC also commends the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, Oba Sikiru Adetona, and Hon. Akeem Balogun (Ogun Waterside State Constituency) for working in synergy to introduce the HB No 36/OG/2020- bill in the Ogun State House of Assembly. Equally worthy of appreciation are members of the state assembly who supported the bill. “We call on other state assemblies in Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, and Ekiti to syndicate the bill. Only thus can the houses of assembly in those states be described as truly democratic and in pursuit of freedom of thought, liberty, and human dignity.

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