The Late Alakija of Ikija, Oba Shamusideen, was today buried amidst encomiums, the burial which took place at his Ibara residence was attended by traditional rulers’ representatives, the Egbaland Muslim Organisation, and many important personalities from within and outside Abeokuta.
Delivering a sermon at the occasion, the Olori Omo Keu of Oke Ona, Alhaji Abdullahi Bengore, said that the late Egba Monarch had paid his dues to Allah and his communities, traditionally and Islamic-wise as well as to his immediate and extended families.
Alhaji Abdullahi Bengore concluded that Oba Shamusideen Ayorinde would be remembered for standing by whatever he believed in.
Also, delivering a sermon, at the occasion, the Wakeelul Muslumi of Yoruba States, Edo, and Delta, Sheikh Sugar Lawal, pleaded with people not to believe that witches and wizards killed the late Egba Monarch, adding that Oba Ayorinde made it known to anybody that cared, that he had been nursing a terminal illness which the medical experts projected only five years more for him to live, stating that he and everyone should be grateful to Allah for keeping him alive for 35 years after the diagnosis.
In his message, the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’ad Bamgbola, delivered through the OloriOmo Keu, Alhaji Daudu Afuape, lauded the Oba for being an active participant in Islamic affairs of Ikija, Oke Ona, and Egbaland as a whole.
Also, the Imam of OkeOna, Alhaji Musiliudeen Nosiru, the representatives of Imam of Gbagura, Alhaji Alatunse, and Imam of Owu, Alhaj Kehinde, also offered prayers for the repose of the late Egba Monarch.
In his message to the family of the late Alakija, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo, speaking through the Balogun of Egbaland, Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, noted that the late Oba Ayorinde would be remembered for being passionate, steadfast, and forthright in his endeavours and other issues.
The Ogun State Governor’s representative at the occasion, and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Moruf Afolabi Afuape, said that the position and contributions of the late Alakija would be missed in the Ogun State Council of Obas and in the State generally.
Members of the family present at the burial rites included Chief (Engr.) Seni Ayorinde, Mr Kayode Ayorinde, first Son; the Otun Lika Aje of Egbaland, Chief Bola Ayorinde.
Dignitaries and Chiefs in attendance at the occasion included the former Commissioner for Mines and Steel Development, and Ambassador Designate, Honourable Sarafa Tunji Ishola, the Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, and Olotu Adeen of Egba Muslims, Chief Layi Labode; the Akingboye of Egbaland, and Bashirun of Muslims, Chief Shakirudeen Akingbade, the Secretary of Egbaland Muslim Organisation, and Baajiki of Egba Muslims, Chief Alani Kafidipe; Engr. Chief Muheez Ogunfemi; the Abudairene of Egba Muslims, Chief Jimoh A. Popoola; Aare Remi Bakare, Alhaji Chief Lai Olayiwola Salami, Akingbayi Muslumi Egba, Tolani Sodipe, Gbesiniyi Of Egba Muslims, Dr. Sodipo, the Fimogboye Adeen of Egba Muslim, and many others.