Abiodun, Amosun mourn Chief Imam of Egbaland, Orunsolu

The Chief Imam of Egbaland, Ogun state, Sheik Liadi Orunsolu has passed on.

Orunsolu who was until his death, the President-General of the League of Imam and Alfas in Ogun state died at the age of 98 Tuesday morning, at his Abeokuta residence.

Governor Dapo Abiodun in his condolence message to the family of Orusolu and Muslim faithful in the state, described Orunsolu’s death as a great loss to the state.

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, adding that the death of the late cleric marked the end of an era and a great personal loss.

The governor said, “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 he 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.

Also, the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun described the death of Orunsolu as painful, adding 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, whilst he also provided wise counsel to the entire Rabittah in the entire Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states,” Amosun said.

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