Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday expressed his condolence to the Oniru Royal Family and the people Lagos over the passing of Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru.
The revered monarch passed on today at the age of 82 after a brief illness.
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.”
The Royal Monarch celebrated his 82nd birthday last September 6 in Lagos at his palace. He was the 14th Oniru of Iruland, Victoria Island, Lagos. Oba Oniru succeeded his father in 1995.
HRH Oba Idowu Oniru was survived by wives, many children among whom are former Commissioner of Waterfronts in Lagos State Prince Adesegun Oniru, Radio On-Air personality Tolu Demuren (a.k.a Toolz), many grand and great-grandchildren.
Oba Oniru was born on September 6, 1937, in a family of fifteen and the 12th child of the long-reigning Oba Yesufu Oniru, who died at the age 120.
The late Oba Oniru attended St David’s Primary School and Araromi Baptist School on Lagos Island and then went to Eko Boys High School for his secondary education. Just before the civil war in 1965 left Nigeria to further his study in civil engineering at the British Institute of Engineering Technology in Slough, London. and returned to Nigeria in early years of the civil war in 1968 joining his father’s business.