By Benjamin Omoike
Oba Abdul-Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, the Oniru of Iru, will on Friday, July 24, turn 50.
This landmark birthday is worth rolling out the drums for, especially considering his recent ascension to the throne as the 15th Oniru of Iruland.
However, with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the nation and the world at large, with number of infections and deaths rising by the day, and Lagos being the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, Oba Lawal says the special occasion calls for sober reflection and adherence to social distancing regulations.
According to a release by Kabiyesi’s private secretary, Hakeem Akintoye, in line with recent developments and state restrictions on public gatherings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, well wishers have been advised to refrain from paying courtesy visits to the palace. Rather, they are advised to join Oba Lawal in prayers from their homes, as Kabiyesi wishes to celebrate the occasion quietly.
The release further stated that HRM expresses gratitude for kind gestures so far shown him, urging all groups to put forward the various plans already underway.
“As he celebrates this milestone age, may his heart desires for the people of Iru land, Lagos State and Nigeria be met; and may his reign be prosperous and blessed,” the release stated.