The Oba of Lagos and Chairman, Lagos state council of Chiefs, Oba Rilwan Akiolu yesterday urged the newly installed Oniru of Iruland, in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos state to be wary of sycophants who were only interested in feathering their nests.
Instead, he should move the Oniru family forward and lead the palace better than he met it. The first class traditional ruler, gave the advice at The traditional rites to mounting the seat of Oniru of Iruland, in Lagos, which became vacant in 2019.
The presentation of staff of office by the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to the new Oniru, Gbolahan Lawal, who is immediate past Lagos State comnissioner for agriculture was also a key part of the ceremony.
Oba Akiolu also called on the new Oba to take the education of the people of Iru Kingdom seriously and take heed to the advice of elders and Senior traditional rulers.
The new Oniru of Iru kingdom who is 15th on the line is to be addressed as Oba Abdul-Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II. He succeeds the 14th Oniru, Oba Idowu Oniru, who passed on in September, 2019 at the age of 82.
Presenting the staff of office to the Oniru, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, charged him to sustain the peace and harmonious relationship that had existed in the land.
Sanwo-Olu described the colourful coronation which held within the Oniru palace on Victoria Island, as historic and called on the people of the kingdom to join hands with him for the growth and progress of Iruland, and of Lagos State.
He said of the traditional institution as the first system of governance, noting that it would forever remain a strong link to Nigeria’s heritage at all times.
“There is no doubt that the future of Iru Kingdom will continue to be bright and promising, and that the ascension today of His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul-Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II, marks the start of the next phase of the journey into that future”, Sanwo-Olu said.
“Today is a historic day in the history of Iruland, as we gather to celebrate the installation of the 15th Oniru of Iruland, it is my firm expectation that you will all rally round your new Oba and join hands with him for the growth and progress of Iruland, and of Lagos State.”
According to Sanwo-Olu, given the pedigree of the new king, there is no doubt that his reign would be a progressive one.