PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has reacted to the death of Sheikh Tijani Olayiwola Balogun, the chief Imam of Ikeja.
A statement made available by Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s Special Adviser on Media, said Tinubu expressed his deep sympathy to the Muslim Ummah in the country and the people of Lagos State over the passing of the cleric.
The Islamic preacher died on August 11 and was buried on Friday, September 1, in his residence in Ikeja after Jumat prayers.
Tinubu described Balogun as a deeply religious and patriotic Nigerian.
According to the Nigerian leader, the cleric has contributed greatly to the prevailing peaceful co-existence between Muslims and adherents of other religions in Lagos State.
The President said he was deeply saddened by the demise of the Chief Imam and urged those he left behind to be consoled by his good deeds.
“I join the Chief Imam’s family, the people of Ikeja and Muslim Ummah across the country in celebrating Sheikh Balogun, and in commending him for his useful contributions to Islam and humanity at large.
“I pray that Almighty Allah accepts his return, rewards his good work, and grants him Aljanna Firdaus,” the President prayed.
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