The Osun State Anthem, Crest, and Flag Law that was passed in 2012 has been repealed by the Osun State House of Assembly.
On Tuesday, at a session of the House in which all members were present, the law was unanimously overturned.
According to a statement released by Adewale Egbedun, the Speaker of the Assembly, the action was carried out in accordance with the ruling that was handed down by a Federal High Court on December 14, 2017.
Kanmi Ajibola, who is now a member of the House representing Oriade State Constituency and is affiliated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is the one who brought this case before the court.
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, which is sponsored by the Majority Leader.” In other words, the House acknowledged that there may be some aspects of the law that are appropriate.
“In essence, what the House has done is vaccate a law that had already been invalidated by a Court of competent jurisdiction, to pave the way for a new law that will respect the letters and spirit of the Nigerian constitution that swore to abide by,” said the speaker of the house.
On Friday, the decision to repeal the statute was brought to the attention of the House by the Speaker during a session of the full House.
Under Naheem Salam’s leadership as Speaker of the Assembly, a bill to designate an official state anthem, flag, and crest was ultimately successful.
Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has designed a state flag, anthem, and crest for the state during his tenure as governor.
In addition, the name of the state was altered by the administration, going from “Osun State, the state of the Living Spring” to “State of Osun, the State of the Virtuous.”