- Akinola died at the age of 79
- He died after a brief illness on Sunday, September 24
The ninth Lagos state Chief Imam, Sheikh Garuba Ibrahim Akinola, has passed away on Sunday, September 24 at Lagos State Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.
Onlinenigeria.com gathers that Akinola, who was appointed the Chief Imam in the year 2000, passed away at the age of 79.
Reacting to his death, the governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna said Akinola's death is a huge loss to the state, Vanguard reports.
He said: “On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos State, I like to specially commiserate with the immediate family of the deceased and the Muslim Community for this great irreparable loss.
“It is with deep sense of great loss but total submission to the will of God that I note the demise of the Chief Imam of our dear State, Alhaji Garuba Akinola. He was indeed a respected cleric who was always mindful of his integrity and used his sermons to engineer positive changes in the behaviour and character of his followers.
“He was a devout Muslim; humanist and bridge builder and would be remembered for his fairness, boldness and thought-provoking sermons.”
Meanwhile, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has called on the federal government to make the first day of a new Islamic year - Muharram - a work free day.
The group made the call in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Ibrahim Abdullahi, to commemorate the current Muharram 1, 1439, which falls on Thursday, September 21.
Onlinenigeria.com gathers that the coordinator noted that the declaration of the first day of the Islamic calendar as a work free day in Nigeria would give Nigerian Muslims a sense of belonging.