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President Muhammad Buhari , Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and a former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel on Tuesday expressed shock over the death of the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Liadi Orunsolu.
The late Chief Imam passed away in the early hours of Tuesday at 98 years of age.
Late Sheikh Orunsolu until his death was the president, League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State.
President Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina described the late scholar as a ‘man who lived a long and qualitative life, devoted to the service of Allah’.
Buhari eulogised the late Sheikh Orunsolu for the life of piety and utmost submission to the will of Allah he lived during his life time.
He however urged residents of the state to learn from the life and death of the late Islamic scholar.
He said ” He lived a long and qualitative life, devoted to the service of Allah,” he further noted.
President Buhari prayed that: “May he be bountifully rewarded, having completed his course.”
Meanwhile, Governor Abiodun in a statement he personally signed sympathized with muslim ummah in Egbaland and the State at large.
Abiodun described late Orunsolu as a man who lived a dedicated , worthy and highly commendable life.
The Governor stressed that, late Orunsolu’s death was a great loss to the state, saying he lived his life by praying and teaching values and percepts of the Qur’an.
“Baba Orunsolu lived a dedicated , worthy and highly commendable life that will be remembered by posterity. I urge all Muslims in the state to immortalise him by living the virtues of love, peace, and good neighbourliness he lived and propagated.
“I will personally miss his warmth and candour. He always spoke truth to power and was a huge pillar and supporter of our administration. We were like father and son and he never related with me as a Governor. He was brutally frank on issues concerning the people and the wellbeing of our State”, Prince Abiodun remarked.
“The fact that Chief Imam died after the successful completion the 2020 Ramadan fasting and Eid celebration at a grand old age of 99 indicates Allah’s pleasure with him. He was unpretentious about what he preached and practiced, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his forthrightness.
“I pray that Allah would grant the soul of the departed good rest in Aljannah Firdaus and comfort his family,” the governor said.
Also, a former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel described the late shiek Orunsolu as a ‘ peace builder who worked not only for the growth of Islam but also peaceful coexistence of people of faith.
Daniel said , the late Islamic scholar was a forthright Islamic leader who spent the greater part of his life in the service of Allah and humanity.
He said “He was a father figure in Ogun State and we found his wise counsel always useful during the tenure of our administration. He was a peace builder who worked not only for the growth of Islam but also peaceful coexistence of peoples of faith.
“He left behind excellent legacies worthy of emulation. Our prayer is for God to give him eternal repose and grant his family, associates and the people of Ogun State particularly the Muslim community the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”.
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