The Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has described the death of the Chief Imam of Osogbo, Mustafa Ajisafe, as a big loss to the entire Muslim community in Osun and Nigeria in general.
Mr. Ajisafe was also the president-general, League of Imams and Alfas in Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states. He died on Monday evening in Osogbo.
The late cleric is expected to be buried on Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 in Osogbo in accordance with Islamic rites.
In a condolence message by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Governor’s Office, Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola described the late Islamic cleric as a man of repute, noting that his contributions to the search for peace in the state and the country was outstanding.
“The death of Sheikh Ajisafe is a big loss to the Muslim Ummah in Osogbo as well as the entire state because he preached peace and unity while alive. His preaching at home and his gospel of Islamic scholarship will be missed”, Mr. Aregbesola said.
While praying for the repose of the soul of the late cleric, the governor urged members of various Muslim societies to continue the good works Sheik Ajisafe started, adding “this is the only way to immortalise this pride of Osun in particular and Nigeria as a whole”.
“This is a sad moment for the Muslim Ummah in Osun, we are however grateful to God that he led a profoundly peaceful life”, he said.
“The Muslim Ummah will miss him dearly and we pray Allah (SWT) to forgive him his shortcomings and grant him Al-jannah firdaus. May Allah give all of us the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Words are inadequate to describe the contribution of our father to the growth of Islam in Osogbo, Osun, Edo, Delta and Nigeria. Baba Ajisafe was popularly known for his commitment to the promotion and propagation of peace and unity.
“He was no doubt a scholar of higher integrity who touched the lives of many Muslims positively”, the governor added.