By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on Tuesday mourned the death of Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Loading Ayinde Orunsolu describing him as a worthy religion leader
Late Chief Imam of Egbaland who died on Tuesday the 26th of May year 2000 at the age of 99 was the President, League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State.
Abiodun in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Mr Kunle Somorin, sent his condolences to the people of Egbaland in particular, the state and the Muslim Ummah in general.
The governor described Orunsolu’s death as a great loss to the state and noted that the late Chief Imam spent his days praying and teaching values and precepts of the Quran.
“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”, the governor said.
He added that the death of the late cleric marked the end of an era and a great personal loss.
“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 statement concluded.
Also in his condolence message, the Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District,and the former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA, has 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, whilst also provided wise counsel to the entire Rabittah in the entire Yorubaland, Edo and Delta States”Amosun stated.
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.