Oba Oniru is dead

Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru is dead. The ruler of Iruland and Victoria Island reportedly joined his ancestors today after a brief illness. The passage of the king will be officially declared later by the Lagos state Government.

Oba Oniru was born in 1937. If you want to know the age of Oba Oniru, he died at the age of 82.He became the traditional ruler following the death of his father, who was the king.

Meanwhile,Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday expressed his condolence to the Oniru Royal Family and the people of Lagos over the passing of Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, the Governor commiserated with the Oniru Royal Family and people of the State, while describing the late monarch as “a very important Lagosian and a patriotic Nigerian” who passionately channeled his energy and traditional leadership towards building a prosperous State.

His death, the Governor said, is a huge loss to Lagos and the nation in general.

The statement reads: “On behalf of the Government and the people of Lagos State, I commiserate with the Oniru Royal Family on the transition of His Royal Highness, Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru who joined his forebears. His service to the state and country at large will remain his enduring legacy.

“While we hoped the late monarch would be with us as we roll out our strategy towards a ‘Greater Lagos’, Oba Oniru today breathed his last and left legacies that will remain valuable in our effort to build the Lagos of our dream.

“We take solace in his esteemed advice and regular admonition from which our government drew strength to lift our people and improve their welfare. I pray that Almighty God repose the soul of the late monarch and grant the Oniru Royal Family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

By Niyi Tabiti

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