The Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye has described the death of the Deputy President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Sakariyau Olayiwola Babalola popularly referred to as SOB as a great loss to the state of Osun and the entire Muslim community of Nigeria.
The Speaker also commiserated with the family of the former Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa who passed away on Thursday in Ibadan.
Owoeye in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Alabi gave gratitude to Almighty Allah that late SOB served as an inspiration to both old and young in terms of religious tolerance and harmony.
The speaker held that the death of SOB was not expected at this time, saying Babalola a devout Muslim and fervent believer was a leading lights of Islam and business in the country.
According to him, “Baba Babalola started learning Qur’an at a tender age of 6. He became so profound in the teaching of the Muslim faith at 10 and was locally known in his community as a young teacher.
“Our late scholar and a shrewd businessman who was known In and out of the country for his philanthropic gestures will be missed greatly for putting smiles on the faces of indigent Nigerian youths”.
He also described Senator Akinfenwa as a great leader who lived an exemplary life as a father and a politician.
The Speaker noted that Senator Akinfenwa was a principled man and remained so till the cold hands of death took away the Ijesa born politician.
Owoeye who prayed for the repose of Akinfenwa’s soul, extended his profound condolence to the immediate family, Erin Ijesa community, Osun and Nigeria.
“Though it is very painful to loose somebody like Senator Akinfenwa, but one clear lesson is the transient nature of life itself; it’s not about Senator Akinfenwa, but about the fact that death is a certainty that must come to every living being.
“It is my fervent prayer that God will grant him Eternal home at the bosom of Jesus Christ and give the people of Osun the fortitude to bear the loss. We also pray God to comfort his family and give them courage and hope”.
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