The All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has described the late Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Haruba Akinola as a knowledgeable cleric who drew attention to societal ills and suggested corrective steps.
Akinola died on Sunday at the age of 79.
He was inaugurated as the 9th Chief Imam of Lagos on July 30, 2000.
In a condolence message in Lagos, Tinubu said Sheikh Akinola would be sorely missed because “he always put his deep knowledge and understanding of Islam at the disposal of many in Lagos.”
“I am 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 Akinola will be sorely missed not only by Muslim faithfuls but by the people of Lagos and South-west.
“Through his sermon and ‘Khutbat’, he drew attention to the various societal ills and suggested corrective steps.
“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.”