The Osun House of Assembly has objected to governor Ademola Adeleke’s move to rename the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State”.
During his inauguration, Governor Adeleke, who made substantial adjustments to a number of decisions made by earlier administrations, ordered a shift from the “State of Osun” that the Rauf Aregbesola government had adopted to “Osun State.”
Following the action, however, the Osun Assembly countered, insisting that the adoption of the “State of Osun” is “a matter of law.”
“The usage of the state anthem, crest, and the flag is an enactment of the law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice,” a statement by the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity Kunle Akande read.
“The enactment of ‘state of Osun anthem, crest and flag law, 2012’ assented to on the 18th of December, 2012, contained in Schedule I, 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 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).”