The Ojobo Liberation Movement has spoken out against a bill in Delta State’s Burutu Local Government Area that would ban night funerals.
Godknows Angele, the Council Chairman, has asked for a public hearing on the necessity to stop night wake keeping across the local government in an executive law.
Security and health issues were among the grounds for the law, according to a bill signed by Pudigha Biakpara, the Burutu legislative arm’s Majority Leader.
Timipre Ndoni, President of the Ojobo Liberation Movement, expressed “dissatisfaction with the executive bill, calling the attention of Burutu LGA Communities for a public hearing of the motion tagged Prohibition of night burial and night social wake keeping in Burutu Local area as a misplacement of priority in the legislative Council.
“It is laughable that the council members of Burutu LGA have misplaced their obligation as Representatives of various communities in the LGA and it’s also pitiful that they lost their physical engagement as lawmakers of the council talk more of a representative of a Community.
“How can educated Burutu legislators initiate such a barbaric motion that will not help nor be productive to the citizens of Burutu Local Government Area, instead of them to think of how to better the lives and developments of the good people of the LGA and more so on how to settle the uncommon conflicts within the LGA or will this bill attract development in Burutu LGA?
“We, therefore, urge the Burutu Local Government Council legislators to focus on developmental bills and not a bill of no interest to the masses growth. There are so many developmental strides that need the attention of the people which the councillors should compose as a motion in the council and not this a misplaced priority bill that has no impact on the people of Burutu Local Government Area.
“They the Burutu LGA Councillors should go back to the drawing table for a better motion to better the lives of Burutu Local Government people.
“Burutu Local Government Area needs Development, and not a Prohibition of night burial and night social wake keeping, we the Ojobo Liberation Movement, therefore describe this bill as a misplacement of priority in Council,” the statement read.