By Olajide Idowu, Osogbo.
The Osun House of Assembly has rejected the order of Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun reversing the state’s name to the constitutionally recognised one.
The House insisted that the state anthem, crest and flag were enactments of law and, therefore, could not be changed without following the process of law.
These decisions were conveyed via a statement on Monday in Osogbo by the Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Media and Publicity, Assemblyman Moshood Akande, who reacted to the new governor’s order.
“Having reviewed the inaugural speech of the governor and the activities of the inauguration, the legislature, hereby, resolves as follows:
“The usage of the state anthem, crest and flag is an enactment of law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice.
“The enactment, ‘State of Osun Anthem, Crest and Flag Law, 2012’, assented to on Dec.18, 2012, contained in Schedule (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5), which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.
“Schedule (1) is the State Anthem, Schedule (2) has to do with the State Crest, Schedule (3) is the symbolic significance of the elements in the flag.
“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect recognising ‘Osun State’, the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means, would not be drawn into this matter.
“However, the state shall and will continue to be described as the State of the Virtuous (Ipinle Omoluabi),” the statement reads.
Recall that in the inaugural speech of Gov. Adeleke on Sunday, he directed the immediate reversal of the state’s name to the constitutionally recognised variant of Osun State.
He also directed that all government insignia, correspondences and signage should, henceforth, reflect “Osun State”, rather than “State of Osun”, which, he said, was alien to the Nigerian Constitution.