Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on Tuesday mourned the death of the Chairman, League of Imams in Ogun State and Chief Imam of Egbaland, Alhaji Liadi Orunsolu.
Abiodun, in a statement he personally signed, sent his condolences to the Government and people of Egbaland in particular and the State and the Muslim ummah in general.
The Governor, who described Orunsolu’s death as a great loss to the State said the late Chief Imam spent his days praying and teaching values and precepts of the Quran.
“Baba Orunsolu lived a pious, worthy and highly recommendable 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 neighbourliness he lived and propagated.”
The Governor added that the death of the late cleric marked a great loss and the end of an era.
“I will personally miss his warmth and truthfulness. 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 dealt with me as a Governor. He was brutally frank on issues concerning the people and the wellbeing of our State,” the Governor said in the statement.
“The fact that Chief Imam died after the successful completion of the 2020 Ramadan Fasting at a grand old age of 99, and this indicates that he walked his talk. 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, and comfort his family,” the statement read.