July 24th 2020 was a dream come true for His Royal Majesty, Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal who turned 50 in grand style.
The king who has been preaching peace within the Iruland with his ‘Let’s Grow Iruland Together’ initiative was full of joy with the birthday wishes from friends, family and well-wishers both home and abroad.
Oba Lawal who is happily married with children would have loved to paint the town red in celebration but due to anti social distance order by the government, he had to celebrate the special day with his kinsmen, family and selected few friends.
Since Oba Gbolahan was crowned, he has been working tediously in making sure every indigene of the Iruland makes impact towards the development and growth of the community as his initiative invites indigenes share their ideas, suggestions and concerns on how to take Iruland to a greater heights.
In a statement he released through his instagram page, he said “It is indeed a day for reflection and not celebration in the light of recent developments across the world and I consider it a privilege to pen this personal note to you. Some of you are forebears in this race, and even witnessed my birth and upbringing or were old enough to compare the country I was born into; with that which we have been saddled with to change for generations yet to come.”
On his vision for the Iruland, he said “My vision for Iru is to ensure we become one of the most desirable places to live, work and do business in Lagos, Nigeria and the continent. In another few weeks, the Palace Media Team will share updates on our plans for Social Investment, Tourism and Culture as well as Health and the Environment. These, we intend to leverage, with your active support and participation to ensure widespread sustainable development.”
In preciation, he also said, “Since my accession, the goodwill and solidarity extended to me and my family have been overwhelming. I am truly grateful to each person who has called, sent messages or letters, paid visits and conveyed other gestures of confidence in my leadership; especially members of the Oniru neighbourhood who responded to the ‘Let’s Grow Iru Together’ Campaign and Needs Assessment exercise. As I promised in my installation speech on Sunday, June 7, 2020; I remain committed to leading an inclusive and responsive kingdom.”