Mr. Arisekola-Alao died Wednesday
Prominent Nigerians have mourned the Islamic leader, Abdulazeez Arisekola-Alao, who passed away Wednesday.
Mr. Alao was the deputy head of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, and the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland. He died at a London hospital.
A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, said he was “shocked and saddened” by the loss.
“Arisekola was a devout Muslim and community leader. He was generous and loved his people; the quality of his humanity and compassion was unprecedented. The country will surely miss him,” Mr. Atiku said.
The governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, said the death only reinforced the essence of mankind’s existence, which is to lead a good life and render service to humanity before the necessary end (death) comes.
“His death is sad, shocking and unfortunate. He led a good life, a life full of positive examples,” he said. “Alhaji Arisekola-Alao was a notable figure, successful businessman, a consistent philanthropist and community leader.”
Former Minister of State for Finance, Remi Babalola, said the death of Mr. Arisekola-Alao was a big loss to the nation.
“He was, indeed, a living inspiration and blessing to millions of Nigerians, both young and old. Truly, he was a symbol of compassion to the world,” Mr. Babalola said.
A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, described the late Islamic leader as a “generous, kind and loving man”.
“This is a terrible blow to Yorubaland and a great loss to Nigeria,” he said.
The National Council of Muslim Youths said the death will deny number of Muslims the opportunity of to travel for their holy pilgrimage.
“The Muslim Ummah has lost a great financier and pillar of Islam whose act of benevolence and charity cut across tribal and religious boundaries. A philanthropist per excellence and business guru, a man of wisdom,” the group’s national president, Kalmaudeen Akintunde, said.
The group said the late leader recently sponsored over 100 Muslim Pilgrims for lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia.