The Sultan of Sokoto and president-general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar Sa’ad, has called on the Oyo State government to immortalize the Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Alhaji Abdul Azeez Arisekola Alao, who died on Wednesday at the age of 69.
The Sultan made the call when he led members of the executive of the council on a condolence visit to the family of the late businessman and religious leader in Ibadan on Saturday.
The Sultan said that considering the impact of the deceased to the advancement of humanity, especially the poor, he (Arisekola) deserved to be immortalized by the state government.
He described the late Arisekola as a philanthropist of repute and enjoined wealthy Nigerians to emulate his generosity by being their brothers’ keepers.
Alhaji Sa’ad also charged the children of the deceased to be united and stand for selfless service which their father stood for.
Earlier, State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, said the people should be consoled by the fact that the deceased lived a fulfilled life.
One of the children of the deceased, Alhaji Isa Alao, assured that the family would sustain the legacy left by their father.
A special prayer for the repose of the soul of the deceased was led by the Chief Imam of the University of Lagos Central Mosque, Professor Murtadha Bidmus.