Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala, have commiserated with the Muslim Community in the state, the League of Imams and Alfas in the South-West, the family, friends and associates of Sheikh Busari Suara Haruna III over the death of the Chief Imam of Ibadanland.
The governor, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, said the death of the Chief Imam, who was also the President-General of the League of Imams and Alfas in the South-West including Edo and Delta States, was very unfortunate and disheartening.
Otunba Akala in a press statements signed by his spokesperson, Barrister Abraham Ojo, said the death of Sheik Haruna came as a rude shock adding that he will be greatly missed for his wise counsel and passion for peaceful co-existence of the people of the state.
He described Sheikh Haruna as a religious leader who used his position to ensure cohesion among the Islamic faithful, not only in Ibadanland but also in the entire South-West zone of the country.
Governor Ajimobi also praised the late Chief Imam for his commitment to the peaceful co-existence of the Muslims with the adherents of other religions in Ibadan in particular and Oyo State in general.
“The death of our father, Sheikh Busari Suara Haruna III came to me as a rude shock. He will forever be remembered as a religious leader who used his position to better the lots of Islamic faithful and the society.
“The late Chief Imam was a pillar of support to our government. His wise counsels all the time were of tremendous help in the achievements so far recorded by our administration. He will forever be remembered for his fatherly role,’’ he said.
The governor prayed the almighty Allah to grant his soul Aljanah Firdaus and the family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Otunba Akala however prayed for the repose of his soul and also prayed that the Almighty Allah Grant him Aljana fridaus