Ruling family, chiefs dispel rumours of squabble to Oniru stool
The Oniru Royal Family, comprising children, traditional chiefs, Baales, women and youth groups, yesterday unanimously declared that there was no rivalry over the throne. Addressing newsmen at Oniru palace in Victoria Island, Lagos, the family also stressed that their sole candidate for the throne remains Prince Aremo Adesegun Oniru.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the community, the Odofin of Iruland, Chief Saliu Abisogun, said it became necessary to voice out the position of the sons and daughters of Iruland on the succession process to the much-respected stool of Oniru of Iru land in light of recent media reports (not The Guardian).
Going down memory lane, he said 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. There has only been one Oba of Iruland and posterity was nice to our deceased Oba as his reign brought unprecedented development, government recognition and presence, coupled with lots of personal prosperity to both indigenes and foreigners.
“Now that it is time to nominate a replacement to the vacant stool of lru, 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 the stifling of our development in the hands of individuals who have no knowledge of how we got here.”
On their choice of Aremo, he said: “It was Aremo Adesegun Oniru that assisted our late Oba 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.
“It is instructive to note that this is not an unusual practice as the neighbouring kingdom of lkate land wisely did the same in no far a distance. In addition, the Abisogun Ruling House laying claim currently exclusively occupies the llase 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 lru land and have resolved to back Aremo. We cannot afford stifling of our development in the hands of individuals who have no knowledge of how we got here.”He therefore urged all true sons of Iruland to sheathe swords and join hands with Aremo towards further development of our kingdom, adding that the statutory process for nomination has not been ignited in line with the established legal procedure. He further charged all members of the public to ignore any charade peddled as nomination for the stool.
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