New Lagos monarch Oba Lawal names 2 top priorities to tackle

New Lagos monarch Oba Lawal names 2 top priorities to tackle

- The newly crowned Oba Oba AbdulWasiu 'Gbolahan Lawal has spoken on two major tasks he has ahead of him

- Oba Lawal, who was crowned as the Oniru of Iru land recently, says he is not interested in things he calls 'mundane'

- The monarch, a former top official of the Lagos government, adds that his tenure will not give room for disintegration in the royal 'house'

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The newly installed Oniru of Iruland, Oba AbdulWasiu 'Gbolahan Lawal, two major tasks he does not want to joke with - family unity and the economic advancement of his territory.

Oba Lawal made this known in a statement made available to through his private secretary, Hakeem Akintoye.

The statement specifically mentioned the "unification of the larger Oniru royal families and the economic prosperity of Iru land" as his topmost priorities.

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The statement added that the new monarch is not interested in things he calls mundane amid recently reported bickering.

New Lagos monarch Oba Lawal names 2 top priorities to tackle
Oniru Gbolahan Lawal performing traditional rites ahead of coronation Credit: Oniru Palace
Source: UGC

Akintoye's statement indicated that the monarch's vision concerns expanding the frontiers of his territory and make it the envy of the other parts of Lagos state and Nigeria.

He wants members of the royal family to support him in achieving this feat which he has set before himself.

“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," said the statement.

The private secretary that under his kingship, the future of Iru kingdom looks bright and promising, given such a rich leadership credential especially in the public sector that Oba Lawal has brought to bear on the kingship.

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He added that the Oniru's past performance as commissioner under three administrations in the state and his legacy in the ministries of Agriculture and Housing stood him out as one who will bring further positive transformation to the kingdom.

The monarch statement warns that the palace will not give room for division in the royal family as it assures that Oba Lawal will continue to adopt an open-door policy in directing the affairs of the kingdom.

It adds that the Oniru will, nonetheless, not tolerate violence or disruption of law and order especially based on his experience as an officer of the law.

Akintoye's statement notes further that the king has pledged to invest resources in projects that will promote cultural renaissance in Yoruba land as well as embarking on innovations that would engender economic development in the kingdom.

It assures all residents and members of Iru kingdom of Oba Lawal's commitment to unity and progress as promised during his installation as the 15th Oniru of Iruland on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

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"With my experience in public service, I will continue to work with others not only to bring more development to Iruland but 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." Akintoye's statement quotes Oba Lawal as saying. earlier reported how Oba Lawal was recently presented with the staff of office by the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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