On Monday, the Osun State House of Assembly didn’t agree with the new governor of the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who wants to change the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State.”
The Assembly said that the state’s anthem, crest, and flag are part of a law that was signed on December 18, 2012, and that no one can force anyone to change them.
StechiteGist Media said that Adeleke changed the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State” at his inauguration on Sunday, November 27, 2022. He also changed the name of the state from “The State of the Virtues” to “The State of the Living Spring.”
Adeleke also undid all of the appointments made by Adegboyega Oyetola, the governor before Adeleke. These changes will take effect on July 7, 2022.
He also told all government bank accounts to be frozen and said that all actions taken by the government led by Oyetola since July 17 will be looked at again.
In response to the governor’s decision, the House, through the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, Moshood Kunle Akande, released a press statement on Monday, November 28, 2022. It said, in part, “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 State Anthem, Crest, and Flag are part of the law, so using them is not a matter of choice but of the law.
“The “State of Osun Anthem, Crest, and Flag Law, 2012,” which was signed into law on December 18, 2012, is clear. Schedules 1, II, III, IV, and V explain every part of the law in detail.
“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II is the State Crest, and Schedule III explains what each part of the Flag means.
“Finally, we are aware that a court ruling officially recognizes “Osun State,” but the Assembly would not get involved in this matter until it has been decided and all legal options have been exhausted.
The lawmakers also said that the state will still be called “Ipinle Omulabi” and “State of Osun” (State of the Virtuous).