GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, on Saturday described the demise of Muslims’ president in the state, Sheik Salaudeen Olayiwola, as a colossal loss to the state and the entire Muslim Ummah in the country and beyond.
In a statement endorsed by his adviser on media, Mr. Sola Fasure, Aregbesola described Sheik Salaudeen as a devout Muslim, erudite scholar and fervent believer, who was one of the leading lights of Islam in the state and in Nigeria.
According to the statement, “during his lifetime Sheik Salaudeen, who was also the chairman, Osun Muslim community, was a shining light in many fields of the Islamic religion”, saying the deceased was for many years a great teacher and preacher propagating the religion.
“The deceased was an illustrious citizen of this country and Osun State. He was always ready to offer sincere advice to successive governments on peaceful co-existence and religious harmony in the state and the country.
“He is an erudite scholar and notable Islamic leader of conscience, who would not shy away from telling
the truth, no matter whose horse is gored. His impact as a leading religious leader transcended the boundary of Islam as he was always involved and contributed positively to the activities of the National Inter-religious Council at the highest level in the country.
“A peace-maker, who led a fulfilled life worthy of emulation, this great scholar and religious frontrunner’s death is no doubt a huge loss to the Islamic community, the State of Osun and Nigeria as a whole. Certainly, the Osun Muslim Community and the Muslim Ummah will not forget his
contributions to and the propagation of Islam in the state”.
“On behalf of myself and the people of Osun, I offer our condolences to the entire family of Sheik Salaudeen Olayiwola, the people of Ede, the entire Islamic Ummah in Osun and the country as a whole, we pray that Almighty Allah grant him Aljannah Firdaus”, the statement concluded.
– Nigerian Tribune