Prince Hakeem Ajasa on Friday launched a reconciliation move to reunite the three Ruling Houses and all family branches of the Iru Kingdom.
He was a top contender to the throne and a serving top police officer and Chief Security Officer to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
Prince Ajasa from the Abisogun Ruling House led a delegation of top family members of Iru Kingdom in a quintessential style to Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, the Oniru of Iruland.
He urged all aggrieved family members to sheathe their sword and support the new Oba for the collective growth and development of Iru land.
The closed-door meeting which lasted for hours was well attended by elders of the Oniru Ruling Council, some top echelons in the traditional institution in Lagos, and a cabinet member.
Those at the meeting included His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla III), the 21st Monarch of Ikate-Elegushi, and a member of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Executive Council, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi.
It was at the palace situated in Oniru, an upper-crust community comprising of Iru and Victoria Island — a prime real estate domain in Lagos State.
The reconciliation move led by Prince Hakeem Ajasa had become necessary following the growing opposition, disagreements, and contentions within the entire Oniru family since the ascension of Oba Gbolahan Lawal as the 15th Oniru of Iruland.
The highly respected Prince, who has long accepted the choice of his older cousin, Oba Abdul Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, as the new Oniru, was seen at the coronation ceremony on the 7th of June, 2020.
His maturity and sense of sportsmanship according to him, is a sign of total submission to the ultimate will of the Almighty, the giver of life, and not a sign of weakness as some have insinuated.
His action was said to have attracted praises and commendation from the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Oba Rilwan Akiolu, and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other reputable members of the traditional institution in Lagos and even Lagosians in the diaspora.
During the reconciliation meeting, Prince Ajasa publicly paid homage to the new Oniru in the full glare of everyone present while he also shared some heartfelt prayers for the successful reign of His Royal Majesty, Oba Lawal, and the entire descendant of Iru Kingdom.
“I have no doubt that with the emergence of our new king, peace, and tranquility, love and development has returned to Iruland. And more importantly freedom! We have come to show our commitment and unflinching support to Oba Abdul Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal. Kabiyesi, you can be rest assured of our support and continued show of love,” Ajasa said while briefing newsmen and family members at the end of the closed-door meeting.
“Iru has been peaceful and it will remain a peaceful kingdom, save for the recent iota of discord sprouting here and there which is very normal in a big kingdom like ours, but with this peace accord, I want to urge all the members of the Iru kingdom across all the three ruling houses – Abisogun, Akiogun and that of Ogunyemi to show support to our new king, we must understand that it is God who truly appoints a king and not man, and He has chosen Oba Abdul Wasiu Omogbolahan and it is important to always submit to the will of the Almighty always,” Prince Ajasa reiterated.