President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Ogun, as well as the family of Alhaji Liadi Orunsolu, the Chief Imam of Egbaland, who passed away on Tuesday, aged 98.
The cleric, until his death was the President-General of the League of Imam and Alfas in Ogun state.
The president’s condolence message was released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday.
President Buhari saluted the life of piety and utmost submission to the will of Almighty Allah lived by the departed, who was also President-General of League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State.
“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.”
He also charged all those who mourned the deceased to derive challenge from his devout life, and seek to approximate same.
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 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.
Also, the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has 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 also provided wise counsel to the entire Rabittah in the entire Yorubaland, Edo and Delta States” Amosun said.