The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has declared that it was fallacious for less than conventional faith to be putting in and burying kings and different conventional rulers in Yoruba land.
The Muslim group mentioned this whereas backing a invoice that may permit conventional rulers to be put in or buried after loss of life in keeping with their faiths that has gone by way of the second studying within the Ogun State Home of Meeting.
The invoice, often known as HB No 36/OG/2020 – is a Invoice for a legislation to supply for the Preservation, Safety and Train by the standard rulers of their elementary rights to be put in and buried in keeping with their religions or beliefs and for different associated issues.
The Invoice is being sponsored by Hon Akeem Balogun, representing Ogun Waterside State Constituency.
MURIC place was contained in an announcement on Tuesday signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the place it described the invoice as lengthy overdue, in step with the spirit of democracy and a sine qua non for freedom of faith.
“We hail Hon. Akeem Balogun for sponsoring the invoice that may permit conventional rulers to be put in or buried after loss of life in keeping with their religion. We equally commend these lawmakers who supported it. This invoice is lengthy overdue, in step with the spirit of democracy and a sine qua non for freedom of faith,” it mentioned.
“The imposition of just one faith (i.e. conventional faith) throughout set up and burial on all Yoruba Obas is an infringement of their Allah-given elementary human rights. It’s like life imprisonment for them. Yoruba kings have the proper to decide on the way of their set up and nobody has the proper to chop a king off his brethren in religion.
“In addition to, the world is altering and Yorubaland can’t afford to take care of an archaic and anachronistic system notably when such erodes the freedom to enter into covenant with one’s Lord relating to how he’ll rule his folks and the way he’ll meet his Lord within the Hereafter. These are elementary points which no homo sapien ought to be disadvantaged of.
“On this regard, we commend conventional rulers who’ve expressed their opposition to the outdated system. As an example, the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has rejected the previous system and declared his need to be buried in keeping with his faith (Islam) every time he dies. Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, has additionally been putting in the Oluwo and different chiefs with anointing oil as a born once more Christian.
“The proposed invoice will emancipate such rulers from the Yoruba conventional system which is replete with monopoly and intolerance. It ought to be famous that many certified candidates to the throne have averted contesting for it due to their worry that it could make them do sure issues that are inconsistent with their religion.
“We posit that if all of the residents in a metropolis are topics of the Oba; if the residents belong to totally different faiths; if the Oba is to rule over all his topics; then traditionalists haven’t any proper to impose their very own religion alone on each Oba. These qualities of intolerance and imposition are self-evident in the best way traditionalists declare curfews and forcefully recruit adherents to their religion.
“Whereas Chapter 4, Part 41 of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) says inter alia, ‘Each citizen of Nigeria is entitled to maneuver freely all through Nigeria and to reside in any half thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit therefrom’, traditionalists are within the behavior of ignoring this constitutional provision and imposing curfew arbitrarily.
“In legislation, solely the state authorities on the recommendation of the state commissioner of police can impose curfew on a city. Even then, such imposition have to be primarily based on hostile safety report. However traditionalists won’t pay attention. They pressure everybody to remain indoor and disorganize social and financial actions at will. The lives of ladies in labour throughout such illegal curfews are endangered whereas college students who’ve examinations stand the chance of failure. The forceful conversion of kids of their deceased members to the standard religion is one other ugly dimension which reveals their dictatorial propensity.
“MURIC, subsequently, welcomes the brand new invoice with open arms. It’s going to clip the wings of traditionalists notably their gymnastic religiosity. Nevertheless, we cost legislation enforcement brokers to make sure that the invoice operates efficiently when it turns into legislation. It’s one factor to enact a legislation however it’s one other factor to make sure that it’s obeyed. Expertise has proven that safety brokers haven’t summoned the braveness to problem traditionalists when the latter take the legislation into their fingers. That is the place the state authorities wants to observe. We additionally name on different states within the area to emulate the daring step taken by Ogun State.
“As we draw the curtain, we reiterate our constructive place on the proposed invoice to permit conventional rulers to be put in or buried in keeping with their faiths. It’s a main milestone within the democratization of rulership in Yoruba communities. Henceforth, legislation enforcement brokers should take care of traditionalists who impose unlawful curfews. State assemblies in Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti must also introduce the identical invoice and go it into legislation. Aside from being anachronistic, conventional system is characterised with tyranny, intolerance and dictatorship. It’s time to liberate the kings and the citizenry in Yorubaland.”