BUHARI. ABIODUN, OTHERS MOURN ORUNSOLU, LATE CHIEF IMAM OF EGBALAND

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Ogun State, as well as the family of Alhaji Liadi Orunsolu, the Chief Imam of Egbaland, who transited, today, May 26, 2020, aged 98.In a condolence signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president, saluted the life of piety and utmost submission to the will of Almighty Allah lived by the departed.Buhari noted that the late Islamic scholar, who was also President-General of League ofImams and Alfas in Ogun State,  lived a long and qualitative life, devoted to the service of AllahThe president prayed that “May he be bountifully rewarded, having completed his course.”He also charges all those who mourn the deceased to derive challenge from his devout life, and seek to approximate same.Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun,  in his condolence message to the family of Orusolu and Muslim faithful in the state, described his death as a great loss.The governor in the statement he personally signed, noted that the late Chief Imam spent his days praying and teaching values and precepts of the Quran, He described the death of the late cleric as the end of an era and a great personal loss. “Baba Orunsolu lived a pious, 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.“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”, he stated.The Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.  has also commiserated with the Orunsolu family, the League of Imams and Alfas, and the entire Muslim faithful in Ogun State, over the death of the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Alhaji Liadi Orunsolu.Senator Amosun who described the death of Alhaji Orunsolu as painful, noted that Egbaland, in particular and Ogun State in general, have lost a respected religious leader and a renowned Islamic scholar. “The Chief Imam was an erudite Islamic scholar who was well versed in Islamic Religious Knowledge. He was a symbol of unity who rallied the Ummah in Egbaland as one indivisible entity during his lifetime. “Alhaji Orunsolu maintained effective leadership as the Chief Imam of Egbaland and President of League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State, also provided wise counsel to the entire Rabittah in the entire Yorubaland, Edo and Delta States”. Senator Amosun prays that Almighty Allah (SWT) will grant Imam Liadi Orunsolu Aljannah Firdaus, whilst giving his family and the entire Muslim Ummah, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Meanwhile, former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has said the death of Alhaji Orunsolu,  had robbed Egbaland, Ogun State and Nigeria the consistent service of a pious and forthright Islamic leader who spent the greater part of his life in the service of Allah and humanity. The former governor said though Alhaji Orunsolu would be sorely missed, all should take solace in the fact that he played his roles creditably well before answering the final call of his creator.”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”.Daniel, stated.

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