The Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Dawud Akinola, has described last weekend’s fire that destroyed a large section of the auto spare parts market at Agodi/Gate in Ibadan as devastating for the traders as well as the people of Oyo State and the entire Yoruba race.
Alhaji Akinola, who made this remark when he paid a condolence visit to the traders, said the pain of the destruction was felt by all in the South West as the market enjoys patronage from across the region and beyond.
The Special Assistant to the Oyo State Governor on Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Rasheed Abdul Azeez, who led a prayer session during the visit, beseeched Allah to bring succour to the victims and return smiles to their faces.
He said that the state government felt the gravity of the destruction as the population of the affected traders was large.
Alhaji Akinola pledged to support the reconstruction of the market with a donation of N5 million.
He advised that all access roads to the market should be made accessible at all times in order to enable safety officers to prevent or control disasters of any kind in the future.
The Muslim leader condoled with the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, over the disaster and prayed Allah to put a stop to disasters of such magnitude in the state.
Meanwhile, Aare Akinola has charged Muslims, and indeed people of all faiths, in the country to embrace the COVID-19 vaccine as a way of fighting the pandemic.
He gave the charge at his Agodi GRA residence while hosting health officials who were on ground to administer the COVID-19 vaccine on people who thronged his residence.
He said the government was doing everything to prevent the spread of the disease and therefore as responsible citizens, “it behoves all of us to ensure that we were vaccinated.”
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