It is a new dawn for the people and residents of Iruland, in Victoria Island area of Lagos State as their new monarch, Oba AbdulWasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun the second, receives the instrument of office from the State Government.
The newly crowned monarch was presented with a staff of office and certificate of appoinment as the 15th Oniru of Iruland by the State Governor, Mr Babjide Sanwo-Olu at a ceremony held at the Oniru palace.
The ceremony was attended by many prominent Lagosians and traditional rulers in Lagos, led by the Oba of Lagos and permanent chairman of the traditional council of Oba, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, while the popular musician, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, K1 the ultimate livened up the event virtually with his brand of music.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu described the new monarch as an outstanding Nigerian, a distinguished Lagosian and a fine gentleman.
Attesting to the new Oniru of Iruland’s skill as a technocrat par excellence, Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed confidence that his experience and transformational leadership would immediately reflect in Iruland.
“He is a man I personally respect, when we were putting together the cabinet of our adminstration a year ago, our King, Oba Omogbolahan was actually considered for three positions at once before we took the very difficult decision that he would do well as our Comissioner for Agriculture, a lot of people also don’t know that he is not just an Agricultural expert, he is also a construction economist of International repute, I have no doubt that the quality of our new Oba would reflect as a transformational leader and I know that Iruland will not just see his reign peaceful, but there will be Instrumental development in the land” Sanwo-Olu said.
While giving a word of advice, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu who urged other Princes who also vied for the Oba stool to cooperate with the new Monarch for the development of Iruland, advised the Oniru to remain God-fearing, humble, accommodating and to strengthen the bond of unity among all the people of his kingdom.
The new Monarch thanked the State Governor and the people of Iruland for deeming him worthy to ascend the throne of his forebears and pledged to rule with justice and fairness.
The new Monarch also promised to ensure that Iruland which is very central to the commerce and economic development of Lagos State remain so, and shared his vision of developing it’s popular housing estates to rival the likes of Greater New York City, in the United States of America.
Prior to ascending the throne, Oba AbdulWasiu Omogbolahan Lawal has over 25years experience in the public service and he was the erstwhile Commissioner for Agriculture in Lagos State, a position he held twice as well as a former Commissioner for Housing, and Special Adviser on Development Projects.