Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has expressed his sadness over the demise of the Chief Imam of Oyo Town, Imam Sheikh Mashood Abdul Ganiyy Adebayo Ajokidero III, saying that the death was a huge loss to the people of the state.
The governor expressed his condolences to the Muslim Ummah in Oyo Town and Oyo State over the loss, declaring that the late Imam would be greatly missed.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as describing the departing Islamic cleric as a peacemaker, who worked peacefully with the Oyo Mesi, and the sons, and daugters of Oyo as well as all segments of the society.
The statement further quoted the governor as saying that the late Chief Imam played his part well in the development of the state and the growth of Islam.
He prayed to Allah to grant him Aljanah Firdaus and also grant the Muslim Ummah, the family of Chief Imam and the entire Oyo community the fortitude to bear the loss of the revered Islamic leader.
The governor said: “I received the news of the death of our Baba, the Chief Imam of Oyo Town, Imam Sheikh Mashood Abdul Ganiyy Adebayo Ajokidero III, with total submission to the will of Allah.
“His death is a huge loss to the state, because he contributed immensely to the growth of Islam and the development of Oyo State.
“I condole with all Oyo Mesi and the entire people of Oyo and the Muslim Ummah in the state.
“It is my prayer that the Almighty grants the late Chief Imam Sheikh Mashood Abdul Ganiyy Adebayo Ajokidero III, Aljanah Firdaus and give everyone he left behind the strength and courage to bear the loss.