Oyo dep gov, other Muslim personalities present as Aare Musulumi buries wife

THE Oyo State deputy governor, Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan, and other state officials and Muslim dignitaries, on Wednesday, converged on the Ibadan residence of the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Dawud Akinola, for the funeral of one of his wives, Alhaja Alimat Akinola.

Alhaja Akinola died in Lagos on Tuesday during a brief illness. She was aged 46.

A banker, the deceased oversaw some of the businesses of her husband during her lifetime.

Other dignitaries who called at the Ikolaba, Ibadan residence of Alhaji Akinola on Wednesday to condole with the renowned merchant included the Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Bayo Lawal; the chairman of the Oyo State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Kamoru Aderibigbe; the Special Assistant to Oyo State Governor on Islamic Affairs, Alhaji AbdRasheed AbdAzeez; the Babasale Musulumi of Ibadanland, Alhaji Lateef Oyelade; the Alfa Agba of Ibadanland, Alhaji AbdulFatah Alaga and Alhaji Ismaila Akinade-Fijabi.

Others were the former Head of the Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan, Professor Rashid Aderinoye; representatives of the Young Muslim Brothers and Sisters of Nigeria (YOUMBAS), Alhaji Taofeek AbdulAzeez and Alhaji Ismail Adekanmi and representatives of other Muslim groups like the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN).

The Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdul Ganiy Abubakri Agbotomokekere, led a gathering of family members and the well-wishers in a prayer session where he sought Allah’s pardon for the deceased and other dead Muslims.

Sheikh Agbotomokekere was joined in leading the prayer session and sermonising the gathering on godly living and eventuality of death by the Chief Imam of Oyo Town, Alhaji Moshood Adebayo Ajokidero; the Mufti of Ogun State and Assistant Secretary, League of Imams and Alfas of Yorubaland, Sheikh Mikail Sile Rufai and former Head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Kamil Koyejo Oloso.

The clerics, who extolled Alhaja Akinola’s virtues as a devout Muslim and a loving wife and mother, urged the living to make the most of life by being God-conscious at all times and living as if every moment is their last.

They prayed Allah to bless the soul of the deceased and grant the Aare Musulumi and the rest of the Akinola family peace and fortitude.

After the salat al-janazah (funeral prayer), the remains of the deceased were buried at a Muslim cemetery in Ibadan.

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