INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the government to improve the respect accorded notable traditional rulers both before and after their deaths.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Eromosele Ebhomele, this motion followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Affairs, Olawale Olayiwola, during the plenary.
The legislator for Mushin Constituency 2 referred to the festivities that surrounded Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in England and urged the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs to honour the state’s traditional leaders both while they are still living and after their passing.
“Queen Elizabeth II left after over 70 years on the throne and the burial was attended by a delegation from Nigeria led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“But here in Nigeria, we don’t celebrate our traditional rulers in death. An example was when the former Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, joined his ancestors recently. He was not celebrated as he should,” he said.
Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the House, emphasised in his remarks that while it may be difficult to honour all the traditional rulers in the state, first-class royal fathers should be honoured.
He said, “We should learn how to elevate our own. If foreigners are coming to celebrate us through their documentaries, we should think deeply about celebrating ourselves too.
“The Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs should fashion out how best our Obas should be celebrated. Occupiers of recognised thrones that have been in existence for many years should be celebrated.”
This was agreed upon by all of the legislators at the plenary.