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Osun State House of Assembly, on Monday, rejected the plan by the newly inaugurated Governor, Ademola Adeleke to rename the state from “State of Osun” to Osun State.
The Assembly argued that the anthem, crest and flag of the state were enactments of a law assented to on December 18, 2012, and no person can reverse it by force or fiat.
Governor Adeleke had during his inauguration on Sunday reversed the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State.”
He 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.
The Governor also ordered that all government bank accounts be frozen, adding that all actions of the Oyetola-led administration from July 17 will be revisited.
The House, in a press statement through the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Moshood Kunle Akande, in a reaction to the Governor’s decisions, dispelled Adeleke’s actions.
The statement partly 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, 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.”
The lawmakers insisted that the state would continue to be referred to as the “State of Osun” and “Ipinle Omulabi” (State of the Virtuous).
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