Residents of Oworonshoki in Kosofe council of Lagos State have said they would adhere to the wish of their late monarch, Oba Bashiru Saliu, that his son be crowned the next king of the community.
They also appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure Oba Saliu’s request is granted.
The community is on the cusp of crowning the next Olowora of Oworo, and the residents said they want Prince Nurudeen Saliu, son of the late king, to occupy the stool.
“There are three families entitled to the throne in Oworoshoki kingdom – Elebo, Jegede and Kajola families – and it is a fact that the late Oba Bashiru Oloruntoyin Saliu was the first to be crowned king here. His reign was peaceful and prosperous, and we felt the need to respect his wish that his son, Prince Nurudeen, be made the next Oloworo, Bashorun of Oworo, Chief Jelili Lawal told reporters.
“Plans have been concluded for the Oloworo-elect, as permissible in the customs and traditions of the land, that he be installed and crowned.”
Bashorun noted that the Oloworo-elect had promised to ensure regular empowerment to alleviate poverty and to improve the economic wellbeing of the people.
The Ajaguna of Kosofe, Chief Taiwo Lookman, also said Prince Nurudeen had received the blessings of all the customary chiefs in Oworo, indigenes as well as residents.
“The voice of man is the voice of God; the deceased Oloworo had endorsed Nurudeen during his lifetime as his heir to the throne,” he said.
An Islamic cleric, Aruna Ishola, noted that Prince Nurudeen’s choice was a collective one, saying they were praying for him to have a beautiful reign.
Alhaja Ganiat Saliu-Salami, sister to the late monarch, said every member of the Elebo family, indigene, and residents should consider each other as brothers and sisters.