The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said that it is ridiculous for only traditional religion to be establishing and interment kings and other traditional rulers in Yoruba land.

The Muslim team disclosed this while supporting a bill that will grant traditional rulers to be establish or buried after death according to their faiths that has gone via the second reading in the Ogun State House of Assembly.

The bill, identified as HB No 36/OG/2020 – is a Bill for a law to provide for the Preservation, Protection and Exercise by the traditional rulers of their fundamental rights to be installed and buried according to their religions or beliefs and for other related matters.

The Bill is being sponsored by Hon Akeem Balogun, representing Ogun Waterside State Constituency.

MURIC opinion was included in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, where it explained that the bill as due enough, consistent with the spirit of democracy and a sine qua non for freedom of religion.

He said, “We hail Hon. Akeem Balogun for sponsoring the bill that will allow traditional rulers to be installed or buried after death according to their faith. We equally commend those lawmakers who supported it. This bill is long overdue, consistent with the spirit of democracy and a sine qua non for freedom of religion.

“The imposition of only one religion (i.e. traditional religion) during installation and burial on all Yoruba Obas is an infringement of their Allah-given fundamental human rights. It is like life imprisonment for them. Yoruba kings have the right to choose the manner of their installation and no one has the right to cut a king off his brethren in faith.

“Besides, the world is changing and Yorubaland cannot afford to maintain an archaic and anachronistic system particularly when such erodes the liberty to enter into covenant with one’s Lord regarding how he will rule his people and how he will meet his Lord in the Hereafter. These are fundamental issues which no homo sapien should be deprived of.

“In this regard, we commend traditional rulers who have expressed their opposition to the outdated system. For instance, the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has rejected the old system and declared his desire to be buried according to his religion (Islam) whenever he dies. Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, has also been installing the Oluwo and other chiefs with anointing oil as a born again Christian.

“The proposed bill will emancipate such rulers from the Yoruba traditional system which is replete with monopoly and intolerance. It should be noted that many qualified candidates to the throne have avoided contesting for it because of their fear that it would make them do certain things which are inconsistent with their faith.

“We posit that if all the citizens in a city are subjects of the Oba; if the citizens belong to different faiths; if the Oba is to rule over all his subjects; then traditionalists have no right to impose their own faith alone on every Oba. These qualities of intolerance and imposition are self-evident in the way traditionalists declare curfews and forcefully recruit adherents to their faith.

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