The palace of Oniru came alive on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 as the people of Iru, the chiefs and the royal family of the late Oba Oniru, unanimously spoke in one voice and declare Aremo Adesegun Oniru as the next Oba to assume the Oniru stool.
In a press statement jointly released by the Abisogun ruling house of Iru and the people of Iru, it had been decided that Aremo continues to build on the development structures that have been on ground and consolidate on the growth of Iruland.
Read Statement below…
On The Oniru Stool: The Need for Further Development of Iru Land
Gentlemen of the Press, it has become imperative to voice out the position of the upright sons and daughters of Iruland on the succession
process to the much-respected stool of Oniru of Iruland currently being discussed in the media. It is in this connection that I, Chief Saliu Abisogun, the Odofin of Iruland, hereby address this press conference on behalf of all the princes, princesses and the chiefs of Iruland. The stool of Oniru as a First Class monarch came into statutory recognition in 1994 after a history of more than 200 years as a chieftaincy family. Thus, the first Oniru of Iruland, our recently translated Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru, ascended the throne and spent a period of 25 years on the throne. Thus, as at date, there has only been one Oba of Iruland in the history of the Kingdom. Posterity was wonderfully nice to our deceased Oba as His Majesty’s reign brought unprecedented development, government recognition and presence, coupled with lots of personal prosperity to both indigenes and foreigners in Iruland. In addition, our ancient city has witnessed peace and harmony which has made it the envy of it’s neighbors and the darling of investors.
Now that it is time to nominate a replacement to the vacant stool of Iru, it is 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 that we, the Chiefs and Baales of Iruland 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 have no contribution to the development of Iruland, to take over the leadership of the City and reduce it to the vassal of some foreign interests. We cannot afford stifling of our development in the hands of individuals who have no knowledge of how we got here. It is with the distinguished cooperation and love of Aremo Adesegun Oniru that we recorded tremendous achievements in Iruland under our deceased monarch. It was Aremo Adesegun Oniru that assisted in ensuring unprecedented infrastructural development in Iruland. He brought the whole family of Oniru together as a united force in the absence of which it would have been near impossible to make the landmark progress we have witnessed in recent times. The Oniru family, within the last 75 years, has transformed our collective existence to the pride of all indigenes. The best favour we can do ourselves is to ensure continuity of this spate of progress and development. That the late Oba was the father of Aremo Adesegun Oniru is not a sound argument to prevent the ascension of this noble son of the land. Aremo Oniru can legitimately succeed his father if development of our land is of any meaning to all. It is instructive to note that this is not an unusual practice as the neighbouring Kingdom of Ikate Land wisely did the same in no far a distance. In addition, the Abisogun Ruling House laying claim currently exclusively occupies the Ilase royal seat which is equally part of the Oniru Empire.
The charade that some individuals carried out some few days ago in the name of nomination of Oniru of Iruland of someone who has no connection with our historical progress is nothing but an unnecessary provocation which is better ignored to pave way for our continued peace and harmony. We, the principal members of Oniru family, have met together with all relevant Baales in Iru land and have resolved to back the aspiration of Aremo Adesegun Abiodun Oniru as the next Oniru of Iru land. We, therefore, urge all true sons of Iruland to sheath swords and join hands with Aremo Adesegun Oniru towards further development of our kingdom. The statutory process for nomination has not been ignited in line with the established legal procedure. Hence, members of the public should ignore any charade being peddled as nomination for the stool. The Obaship of Iruland cannot be a subject of campaign as videoed recently. It is a sacred institution that commands the highest respect and must not be subjected to any ridicule. Let us state that we are not unaware of the shenanigans of some external personalities to invade our territory under the guise of support for a willing tool. In the name of almighty God and our fore fathers, the move shall fail. We urge all to remain calm while the relevant institutions perform their roles under the law. We thank and appreciate the continuous leadership of our leader in the State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Governor of Lagos State, the Deputy Governor of the State and all men of goodwill that mean well for Iruland. We thank you very much for being here. Chief Saliu Abisogun, from The Abisogun Ruling House.