The Lagos State House of Assembly has demanded from the state government to do more for prominent traditional rulers before and after their death.
Naija News reports that a lawmaker representing Mushin Constituency 2, Hon. Olawale Abdulsobur Olayiwola pushed the motion during plenary on Monday.
Olayi, while making reference to the Queen’s ceremonial burial held today, noted traditional rulers in Nigeria are never given adequate honour and recognition before and after their death.
The Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa in his comment also laid emphasis on the honour of first-class royal fathers, noting that they should be celebrated even though it would not be easy to give such treatment to all traditional rulers.
The Speaker said that he shared the idea of celebrating those who make up the traditional institution, adding: “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,” he said.
Earlier in his argument, Olayiwola had said: “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 lamented.
Olayiwola, Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Affairs, called on the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs to celebrate the traditional rulers in the state while they are alive and during their demise.
This was accepted by all the lawmakers at plenary.
This article was originally published on Naija News