Popular Ibadan businessman, Mufu Lanihun, dies at 69

Oyo State on the Nigerian map
Oyo State on the Nigerian map

Mufutau Ajadi Lanihun, an Ibadan-based businessman and philanthropist, is dead.

Popularly known as “Olowo ti nfowo sanu’’ due to his generosity, Mr. Lanihun died at the age of 69.

A senior member of the Lanihun family confirmed his death on Sunday evening in Ibadan.

Also confirming the death, Ishaq Sanni, the Chairman of the Muslim Community of Oyo State, said the deceased would be greatly missed, particularly because of his kindness, generosity and philanthropic assistance to mankind and Muslims in particular.

Mr. Sanni recalled Mr. Lanihun’s contributions to the education sector, saying that he built schools and gave scholarships to many indigent students.

Mr. Lanihun, who had not been seen in the public lately due to his protracted illness, died at his Ibadan residence on Sunday.

His remains were interred at his Oke-Ado residence in Ibadan, with the Chief Imam of Ibadan, Suara Haruna, leading the “Janazah’’ prayers for the repose of his soul.

Prominent Islamic scholars, among other personalities, witnessed the “Janazah’’ prayers.

One of them, Abdul Salam, said that Mr. Lanihun would always be remembered for his contributions to the development of Ibadan, especially in the areas of education and commerce.

Until his death, Mr. Lanihun, who was the Giwa Adinni of Yoruba land, had several other religious and traditional titles.


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