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The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has commended the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun for signing new Obaship Law which seeks to ensure the rights of monarchs in the state.

He also called on other states to emulate Ogun state in reforming the traditional stools and making it more attractive.

The Oluwo described the new law as a “turn over” capable of restoring sanity to the traditional system, adding that the law will protect the rights of traditional rulers in difference to the” barbaric” acts endemic in the traditional systems.

Oba Akanbi also commended the Ogun State House of Assembly and Paramount Rulers of the State such as the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Oba Sikiru Adetona, Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, Olu of Ilaro, Olu of Ilaro/Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and others whose influence ensure the law came to light.

He said the assent had proved again that Ogun State is the first civilized people of the Yoruba  race.

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 religions or beliefs and for other related matters.

Traditionalists had opposed the law and declared that it was an attempt to push cultural practice into extinction, but the Christian and the Muslim communities described the bill as “a welcome development.”

“Traditional institution is like no other. It is the highest and most perennial of all earthly echelons,” Oluwo said.

“Subjecting such powerful force under the authority of an inferior secret group is barbaric. A turn over is here. Ogun State is a template for pure monarchy. This is the hope of entire Yoruba race not only traditional system.

“The Governor should be specially commended for rescuing Yoruba traditional council from extinction and subjugation to the authority of secret societies. Governor Dapo has just demonstrated real leadership, thank you for this, I celebrate you.

“Kings are the heads but disappointedly, cultism has subjected some kings to their dictates. And a Governor just signed a bill bringing Yoruba kingship to limelight. On behalf of those who trust in pure monarchy, I say thank you Governor Abiodun.”

Signing the Bill on Monday in the presence of the State’s paramount rulers, Governor Abiodun said it was imperative to review the existing law as the State could not have laws that are antiquated and contravene the fundamental rights of individual traditional rulers and what the state stands for.

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