The Osun State House of Assembly is heading to loggerhead with Governor Ademola Adeleke, who was sworn-in yesterday, November 27, over the decision to, among others, rename the state from “State of Osun” to Osun State.
The Assembly argued that the anthem, crest and flag of the state was an enactment of a law assented to on December 18, 2012, and that no person can exact force to change it.
Adeleke, had, during his inauguration, reversed the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State” and also reversed its appellation from ‘The State of the Virtues’ to ‘The State of the Living Spring.”
Adeleke also reversed all appointments made by the immediate past governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, effective from July 7, 2022.
He also ordered that all government bank accounts be frozen, and that all actions of the Oyetola-led administration from July 17 will be revisited.
In a reaction to the governor’s decision, the House, through the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Moshood Kunle Akande, frowned at the governor’s action.
The statement read: “The State of Osun House of Assembly having reviewed the inaugural speech of the Governor and the activities of the inauguration hereby resolves as follows: “The usage of the State Anthem, Crest and Flag is an enactment of the 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 December 18, 2012, contained in Schedule 1, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.
“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, and Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the elements in the Flag.
“Lastly, we are aware of a court judgment in effect.”
The lawmakers said that the state will continue to be described as the “State of Osun” and “Ipinle Omulabi” (State of the Virtuous).