The purported announcements of Akeem Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and Adesegun Oniru, a former commissioner in Lagos State and scion of the late Abiodun Oniru family as Oniru-elect to the stool of Oniru of Iru land in upscale Victoria Island, Lagos have thrown the very urbanised community into crisis.
Two separate videos announcing the choices of Ajasa and Oniru have since gone viral on social media.
Ajasa’s choice was reportedly announced by Chief Biliaminu Sanni in Lagos on Wednesday.
Reacting swiftly to the appointment, aggrieved members of the ruling house rejected the announcement describing it as ‘fake news by a section of the family.”
According to them, the decision does not represent the wishes of the ruling house. The statement read in part, “Whilst the news on the social media report that one Akeem Ajasa was selected by his ruling house as a candidate for the vacant stool, nothing can be further from the truth as the statutory, customary due process and formality were not followed in this kangaroo selection of this individual, working desperately with others, towards achieving their own selfish interest and putting the whole family (a family of honour) into disrepute.
“Being a policeman, we have information from reliable sources that Akeem Ajasa had harassed, intimidated and threatened other members of his ruling house. We also have information that under the table exchange of funds have taken place and the result of all these illegalities is the kangaroo selection.
“It does not accord with reasoning that only 6 to 8 men of an entire ruling house will make a decision that will affect the whole of the Oniru Royal Family and select a candidate for the vacant stool.
“Owing to the above, other cheated members of the Abisogun Ruling House have decided to do the needful to preserve the good name of Oniru Royal Family by distancing themselves from this propaganda and public show of disgrace by an individual (working together with his cronies) unknown to the Family
The uncustomary selection of this individual has disrupted the unity that the past Obas of Iruland worked tirelessly in achieving.
Moreso, if Akeem Ajasa has indeed been selected as a candidate for the vacant stool, he ought to have resigned his position as a police officer and properly put himself forward.
However, of the two videos of the purported selection that are trending on the net, Ajasa’s selection appears more organised and with sizeable numbers of family elders, chieftains and youths in attendance. It was done in the open under canopies and the crowd were visible.
Ajasa was properly customed in all-white apparel depicting a prince ready to assume the throne.
While that of Adesegun Oniru was done with a few men in what looks like a courtyard. Contrary to Ajasa, Adesegun on the day he was declared an Oba-elect, wor a blue tee-shirt and a polo cap to match on top of blue jeans.