Chief Imam of Lagos Garuba Ibrahim Akinola is dead…Tinubu, Ambode mourn
The Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Akinola Ibrahim, is dead. He was 100 years old.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Lagos state Governor Akinwumi Ambode, have mourned the death of the Chief Imam.
Tinubu, a former Lagos governor said Sheikh Ibrahim would be sorely missed as he always put his deep knowledge and understanding of Islam at the disposal of many in Lagos.
In a statement issued last night in Lagos by Tinubu Media Office, Asiwaju Tinubu said: “I’m deeply saddened by the death of the Chief Imam of Lagos. But as Muslims, we must take every occurrence as the will of Allah.
“As the leading Islamic scholar in Lagos, Sheikh Ibrahim will be sorely missed not only by Muslim faithful but by the people of Lagos and South-west.
“Sheikh Ibrahim always put his deep knowledge and understanding of Islam at the disposal of many. Through his sermon and ‘Khutbat’, he drew attention to the various societal ills and suggested corrective steps.
“As Lagos State governor, I presented him with the staff of office as the 9th Chief Imam of Lagos on July 30, 2000 following the demise of his predecessor, the late Alhaji Liadi Alade Ibrahim (OBE). I will miss him personally. He brought calming words during our period of turmoil.
“I mourn with members of his immediate family. I mourn with Muslim Ummah in Lagos, across the country and the world. May Almighty Allah grant him Al Jannah Firdaus.”
Also, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday expressed sadness over the death of the highly revered Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Ibrahim Akinola.
The Governor in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described the development as a great loss to the Muslim Community, the State and the country in general.