27 Dec Nigeria: “Onikoyi Descendants Plead for Intervention: Calls to President Tinubu and Governor Sanwo-Olu Amidst Vacant Stool Crisis”
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a bid to address the ongoing crisis surrounding the vacant stool of Onikoyi of Ikoyi and Imoba lands, the Onikoyi Descendants Association of Lagos State is earnestly seeking the intervention of key political figures, namely President Bola Tinubu and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The association is also advocating for the strict enforcement of the established rotational kingship plan to bring stability to the traditional leadership structure.
According to Prince Tunde Onikoyi, the Public Relations Officer of the group, the traditional stool was previously occupied by the late Patrick Ibikunle Fafunwa-Onikoyi, who passed away at the age of 92. The circumstances surrounding his demise were kept private, leading to a lack of clarity on the exact date of his death. Since then, his son has been managing the family’s affairs, inheriting responsibilities due to sharing the same name.
Adding complexity to the situation, the eldest member of the royal family, known as the Olori Ebi, passed away two years before the king’s demise. Subsequently, no meetings have been convened to elect a new head, and the passing of the king has prompted conflicting claims over succession within the ruling family. The most elderly member of the family, Kehinde Hassan Elegushi of Kubaije branch, is 93 years old, yet another elderly individual from a different branch has asserted the role of Olori Ebi and chosen a successor from their own lineage.
The association is now making a heartfelt appeal to President Bola Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu, the council of Chiefs, and other influential leaders in Lagos to intervene and uphold the rotational kingship agreement established and signed in 2006. This agreement, initiated during President Tinubu’s governorship, was a response to various conflicts and disagreements over rulership in the area.
The rotational chieftaincy agreement outlined ten royal families designated to produce monarchs in an orderly succession. These families include Fafunwa, Ojubira, Kubayije, Ilumo, Idewu, Kugbamola, Aluko Ajos, Dosunmu Ajiwe, Adelo, and Dosunmu Iddo. The association contends that, following the late monarch’s affiliation with the Fafunwa Royal House, the rightful order of succession should be in favor of the Ojubiari family, followed by the Kubayije family.
Prince Wasiu Akanni Sulaiman of the Ojubiari family is identified as the next in line for the Onikoyi of Ikoyi and Imoba land based on the rotational plan instituted in 2006. The association urges the esteemed leaders to safeguard the heritage of Ikoyi land by ensuring the adherence to the agreed-upon rotational kingship plan, fostering stability and continuity in the traditional leadership of the community.