Buhari, Sultan, MURIC, others mourn NSCIA deputy president-general
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on the passing away of its Deputy President-General, Alhaji Sakariyahu Babalola, who died at 87.
Buhari also extended sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alhaji Babalola and all Muslim Ummah who are mourning the loss of the accomplished businessman, whose life was defined by service to others.
The President, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, prayed Allah to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn.
Meanwhile, the Muslim community was thrown into mourning yesterday when the death of Babalola was announced.
Babalola, a philanthropist, was also the President-General of the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria (MUSWEN) and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Telemobile Nigeria Limited before his demise after a brief illness.
The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sulaimon Abou-Nolla, who led the Janazah (burial rites), described Babalola as an exceptional being who served his God and humanity with all his resources.
Also, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, in a statement by the Deputy Secretary-General, NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Sheu, commiserated with the family of Babalola, MUSWEN and the entire Muslim Ummah and prayed Almighty Allah to grant them fortitude to bear the loss.
Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Akintola, while mourning the late Babalola, described him as a committed Muslim who spent the greater part of his life promoting the religion of Islam.
Akintola, in a statement, said: “Babalola was a lover of young Nigerians and he empowered many economically. An industrialist of great repute, he was a strong believer in hardwork, dignity and honesty. He was also a disciplinarian of no small measure.
“He was kind-hearted, humane and pious. Alhaji Babalola was visionary and he encouraged his close associates to plan for the future. He was the most popular and dynamic Muslim leader in the South-West. Nigerian Muslims will miss him,” he said.