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Lagos Assembly seeks improved welfare, recognition for first-class monarchs

By Kehinde Olatunji
20 September 2022   |   3:53 am
The Lagos State House of Assembly, yesterday, urged the state government to regulate Obaship offices to stem the tide of proliferation of traditional rulers.

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The Lagos State House of Assembly, yesterday, urged the state government to regulate Obaship offices to stem the tide of proliferation of traditional rulers.

Besides, the House called on the state government to honour monarchs before and after their death.

This followed a matter of urgent public importance raised by Olawale Abdulsobur Olayiwola (Mushin II) during yesterday’s plenary.

Olayiwola, while alluding to the celebration that accompanied the death and burial ceremonies of Queen Elizabeth II of England, said that the traditional rulers in Nigeria were never given such recognition before and after death.

The lawmaker, therefore, urged the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs to celebrate traditional rulers in the state while alive and in death.

This was accepted by the entire lawmakers in the Assembly.

In his remarks, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, emphasised that while it might not be easy to honour all traditional rulers in the state, first class traditional rulers should be celebrated while alive and in death.

The Speaker, who said that he shared the idea of celebrating the institution, said: “We should learn how to elevate our own. If foreigners are coming to celebrate us through documentaries, we should think deeply about celebrating ourselves.

“The Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs should fashion out how our Obas could be celebrated.

“Occupiers of the recognised thrones that have been in existence for many years should be celebrated. because we have Obas on almost every street now.”