By Vera Anyagafu
The new Oniru is not interested in mundane things amidst the reported bickering.
The vision of the Oniru of Iruland, Oba AbdulWasiu ‘Gbolahan Lawal, is the continuous growth in leaps and bounds of the kingdom that remains one of the economic nerve centres in Lagos State, said the Oniru’s Private Secretary, Hakeem Akintoye,
In a statement made available to newsmen, it was noted that the unification of the larger Oniru royal families and the economic prosperity of Iruland are the priorities of the new monarch of Iru Kingdom.
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“There is no doubt that the future of Iru Kingdom continues to be bright and promising, the ascension of Oba Lawal marks the start of the next phase of the journey into that future with initiatives that would develop Iruland. Many parties are just uncomfortable with the fact that it is no longer business as usual”, Akintoye stated.
While urging all sons and daughters of Iru royal families to join hands with the monarch towards the realisation of his vision for the kingdom, he assured that under Oba AbdulWasiu ‘Gbolahan Lawal kingship, the future of Iru Kingdom will witness bright and promising development, given the rich leadership credential especially in the public sector that Oba Lawal has brought to bear on the kingship.
Akintoye added that the Oniru’s past performance as Commissioner under three administrations in Lagos State and his legacy in the Ministries of Agriculture and Housing stood him out as one who would bring further positive transformation to the kingdom.
However, Akintoye quoted Oba Lawal as saying that, “With my experience in public service, I will continue to work with others not only to bring more development to Iruland but to the entire state. I promise to live the rest of my life for my people. I will work with fellow monarchs, chiefs, community leaders and all stakeholders for the unity of our people.
“I will project the Yoruba culture and tradition by promoting and sustaining our identity as a people. Consequently, I pledge to invest resources in projects that will promote cultural renaissance in Yoruba land.
I will spare no sweat in guaranteeing the advancement of the Yoruba culture and tradition. I will work with various stakeholders to achieve this.”