Chief Imam of Egbaland dies at 98
The Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheik Liadi Orunsolu, yesterday morning died at the age of 98 in his Abeokuta residence. The deceased was until his death the President-General, League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State.
In his condolence message, the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said the late Imam lived a pious, worthy and highly commendable life. The governor sent his condolences to the people of Egbaland in particular, the state and the Muslim Ummah in general.
He described Orunsolu’s death as a great loss to the state and noted that the late Chief Imam spent his days praying and teaching values and precepts of the Quran.
Also, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, has sent his condolences to the Muslim community in the state over the demise of the Chief Imam. In a statement made available by the minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Ayodeji Adeyemi, Adegbite prayed that God would comfort his family, while commending his contributions to development of Ogun.
Adegbite noted that the late Imam used his position to foster peace and help the downtrodden in the society. In his words: “I worked with him for eight years while I was Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Ogun State. We worked on the Eid praying ground twice a year, during Eid-el-Fitr and Eid-el-Kabir”.
According to Adegbite, the Imam was a gentle soul and always prayed for progress in Ogun and Nigeria in general. “May Allah forgive him and grant him Aljannah Firdaus aamin,” he added.