The Final Rites; the 8th Day Fridau Prayer for the Late Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Liadi Orunsolu was held today, Monday, 1st of June, 2020 at his Igbein residence, Abeokuta.
The one hour special prayer for the repose of the apex Imam in Egbaland, was jointly conducted by senior Muslim Clerics from Ijebu, Remo, Yewa, and Egba.
In his message to the Ogun State and Egba Muslim Communities, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo described the late Chief Imam as an uncommon bridge-builder, social and religious wise.
The Alake noted with satisfaction that Sheihk Imam Liaidi, successfully and honestly conducted the affairs of Muslims in Egbaland with full cooperation, collaboration and understanding with other religious groups in Ogun State including the government, other areas like Ijebu, Yewa, as well as individuals in Ogun State.
The Alake also recalled how the apex Egba Imam resolved recurring differences among other sections among the Egba four sections, thereby making the 17 years tenure as the most peaceful.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo urged and prayed that Egba Muslim Community would be able to get a successor in the mould of the late Chief Imam.
The Alake’s message was delivered at the final Fridau for the late Egba Chief Imam by the Balogun and Prime Minister of Egbaland, High Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, who led the delegation which included the Seriki of Egbaland, High Chief Tosin Fadare, and the Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, High Chief Layi Labode.
The Mufasir of Egbaland, Alhaji Taofeek Amolegbe, while delivering the sermon at the occasion, mentioned that the Late Chief Imam of Egbaland has left a big vacuum in the hearts of many, which might be very difficult to fill because he had resolved lots of disagreements since he became Chief Imam in 2003.
He added that he even settled some controversies which had been in existence for two decades, and he was able to sustain and improve unity in the Egbaland.
The Bishop for Egba Anglican Diocese, his lordship, Reverend Oludaisi Adekunle, speaking on the occasion, described the late Imam as a very pious and godly man, who built bridges not only among the Muslim Communities in Ogun State, but also among various religious bodies within and outside Ogun State.
In spite of the restrictions of physical distancing which the organisers tried as much as possible to observe, many very important personalities and groups were represented.
They included the Alake of Egbaland, Osile of Oke Ona Egba, the Agura of Gbagura, and the Olowu of Owu, Olu Itori and Igbein Obas, represented by the areas’ High Chiefs and Staffs of Office.
Other very important personalities included the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Baba Adeen of Yoruba, Edo and Delta States; Chief Sharafadeen Tunji Ishola; the Baba Adeen and Agbaakin of Egbaland, who is also the Chief mourner, Navy Captain Rasheed Raji; OloriOmoKeu; Sheikh Saadallah Bamgbola the Imams of of Oke Ona, Gbagura, Owu, Ibara, and Ijaye; the Olori Ratibi, former Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s delegation led by Hon. Jelil Okewole, the Balogun of Egba Muslim Community, Chief Abdul Kadri Orunsolu, represented by Seriki of Egba Muslim Community, Alhaji Chief Abiola, and others.
Egba Muslim Community Chiefs present included The Osi, and Sultan of Owu, High Chief M. Ola Yusuf, the Seriki Muslumi of Egbaland, Chief Lateef Ayoola, the Bada, Chief Abiola Oginrinola, the Bashorun, Chief Sakiru Akingbade, the Akogun, Chief Ismaillah Odejimi, the Alaafin, Chief Musibau Babarinsa, and the Borokini, Chief Semiu Sodipo.
The apex women Muslim leader in Ogun State, Alhaja Cash Madam, Kubrat Adebisi Edionseri, and many others from different parts of Ogun State and other Yoruba States were also present at the occasion.