The Ogun State House of Assembly (OGHA) plans to stop the state traditional rulers from attending political rallies in the state.
The State Assembly also said it will not endorse or even tacitly support the state’s traditional rulers using human body parts for rituals during the installation and burial of kings.
Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Oluomo Taiwo started at the public hearing of a proposed bill titled; “Chiefs, the Traditional Council Law of Ogun State, Councils of Obas and the Obas 2021 – A bill for a law to provide for an approved method for the appointment, recognition and selection of Chiefs, Obas and the Traditional Council in Ogun State”.
According to the Speaker, “we will not endorse and support the traditional rulers in using human body parts for rituals during the installation and burial of kings in Ogun State”.
Taiwo emphasised that any politician that needs the traditional rulers’ endorsement and support should approach the king in his palace and not to force them to join their political rallies.
According to him it is a big slap on the kings’ face to attend the political rallies, subjecting them to public ridicule and an abuse to the Yoruba traditional rulers by some interlopers.
He stressed that the best way to return the traditional institution to its place of pride and honour is to ban the traditional rulers from attending political rallies.
He added that it is not proper for the traditional rulers, who are not just fathers but the custodians of the customs and tradition of the people, to turn to overnight politicians by attending political rallies at campaign grounds.
Taiwo made it clear that once the bill is passed into law, the traditional rulers must be in their palaces and not to be seen following any politician to rallies while the president, governors, senators or any visitors must visit the kings in their palaces for any political issues requiring their endorsement.