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OSUN: Assembly revokes state anthem, crest, flag introduced by Aregbesola

THE Osun State Anthem, Crest, and Flag Law 2012 has been repealed by the Osun State House of Assembly.

The House’s plenary session was used yesterday to repeal the law.

Information gathered reveals that the former governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration declared the rebranding of Osun State as the “State of Osun,” as well as the introduction of a new song, crest, and flag.

But on December 14, 2017, an Ilesa-based Osun State High Court ruled that the renaming was unlawful and, as a result, null and void. It also ruled that the law’s authors were unaware of the 1999 Constitution.

Ademola Adeleke, the current governor of Osun State, requested a swift change from “State of Osun” to “Osun State” during his inauguration speech in November 2022.

A day after the Seventh State House of Assembly led by the then Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, through a statement issued by the House Chair on Information, Akande rejected Adeleke’s order and said the state will continue to be referred to as ‘State of Osun’ as the adoption was “a matter of law.”

Adewale Egbedun, the current Assembly Speaker, asserted that the move was taken in accordance with the court’s ruling.

Before the abolishment, Kanmi Ajibola, who is currently a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) member of the House and represents the Oriade State Constituency, filed a lawsuit over the issue.

According to the Speaker, “Understanding, however, that there may be some aspects of the law that are appropriate, the House agreed that all corrections made on Osun State Anthem, Crest and Flag Law 2012 form part of the Bill for Osun State Anthem, Crest and Flag Bill 2023, sponsored by the Majority Leader.

“In essence, what the House has done, is vacate a law that had already been invalidated by a Court of competent jurisdiction, to pave way for a new law that will respect the letters and spirit of the Nigerian constitution that swore to abide by.”

The Speaker, on Friday, had notified the House during the plenary of the decision to repeal the law.

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