The Muslim Public Affairs Centre, (MPAC Nigeria) has described the passage of Dr Sakariyau Babalola, the President of Muslims of South-Western Nigeria (MUSWEN) and Deputy President General of Nigeria Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), as a great loss to the Muslim Ummah in the country.
In a statement issued by its Director, Media and Strategic Communications, Abdulwarees Solanke on Thursday in Lagos, MPAC stated that “the Muslim world has lost another illustrious son, who dedicated his entire life to the service of Allah, beyond the shores of Nigeria”.
The NSCIA had, in a statement on Wednesday, announced the death of its Deputy President-General, Dr Babalola.
A statement by the Council’s Deputy Secretary-General, Salisu Shehu, in Abuja said the deceased was the President of Muslims of South West of Nigeria (MUSWEN).
“It is with utter shock and total submission to the will of Allah that the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) announces the transition if its Deputy President General (South), Alhaji (Dr) S. O. Babalola.
“His janaazah prayer comes up today at the Lagos Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Lagos Island, by 3:30 p.m.,” he had stated.
According to the MPAC, late Babalola lived an extremely spartan life despite the immense blessings of Allah on him.
“His humility was legendary, and his unparalleled leadership qualities manifest in his pioneering efforts at the formation of MUSWEN, the coordinating body for Muslims in Southern Nigeria, not just the South West.
“That Muslim organisations in Southern Nigeria are cohesive, speaking with one voice and presenting common front on issues of national concerns are due largely to the maturity and magnanimity of late Babalola.
“Though at the MPAC Nigeria, we are sorely pained at the death of this father figure of Muslims, we are consoled that he lived a life of worthy legacy.
“Death is a certainty because every soul shall taste death.
“The beauty of death particularly for the Muslim whose covenant of devotion and service to Allah remained sacrosanct till his last breath is that Allah has promised such Al-Jannat.
“So, we console ourselves as we pray to Allah to continue to raise for our ummah men and women of strong faith and inspiring and exemplary character to provide leadership for the Muslim Ummah and the nation at large,” the statement, made available to The Renaissance.
By Oluwashina Iyanda
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