Lagos White Cap Chiefs, traditional heads including community head today endorsed Prince Aremo Adesegun Oniru as the new traditional ruler of Oniru Kingdom in Lagos.
Speaking at the event held at the palace of Oba Oniru of Iru land at Victoria Island in Lagos, Chief Abisogun Saliu from the Abisogun ruling house said it has become imperative to come out with the position of the upright sons and daughters of Iru land on the succession process to the much respected stool of Oniru of Iruland.
According to him, “ the stool of Oniru as first class monarch came into statutory recognitions in 1994 after a history of more than 200 years as a Chieftaincy family. First Oniru of Iru land, our recently transited Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru, ascended the throne and spend a period of 25-year on the throne and as at date there has only been one Oba of Iruland in the history of the Kingdom where posterity was wonderfully nice to our deceased Oba as His Majesty’s reign brought unprecedented development, government recognition coupled with lots of personal prosperity to both indigenes and foreigners in Iru land.”
Abisogun said that the ancient city has witnessed peace and harmony which has made it the envy of it’s neighbors and the darling of investor.
He said, “Now that it is time to nominate a replacement to the vacancy stool of Oniru, it is it important to have in mind the need for continued progress and unhindered development in entrusting the leadership of our city to any prince.”
“It is in connection with this, the Chiefs and Baales of Iru land have resolved to back the nomination of Aremo Adesegun Oniru as the next Oniru of Iruland.”
“We cannot afford at this stage of our development to allow some elements who did not contribute to the development of the land to take over the development of the city and reduce it to the vassal of some foreign interest”
He said, ”we can not afford stifting of our development in the hands of individual who have no knowledge of how we got here. He added that, it was Aremo Adesegun Oniru that assisted the community in ensuring unprecedented infrastructure development in the land. “He brought the whole family of Oniru together as a united force in the absence of which it would have been nearly impossible to make the landmark progress we have witnessed in recent times’
You will recalled that a section of the Abisogun ruling house of the Oniru family has rejected the announcement of Hakeem Ajasa, a chief superintendent of Police, CSP as the Oba-elect to the stool of the Oniru of Iru land.
Ajasa’s choice was reportedly announced by Chief Biliaminu Sanni in Lagos on Wednesday. The last Oba Abiodun Oniru, the Oniru of Iru land died at the age of 82 on Monday, September 23rd, 2019.
The aggrieved Abisogun ruling house reacting to the development in a statement stated that, “The public and all interested parties are put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.