The Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Akinola, has died on Sunday at the age of 79.

The All Progressives Congress' (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, in a condolence message 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.

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“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,” Tinubu said.

In his message, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State expressed sadness over the death of the highly revered Chief Imam of Lagos, saying that the state had lost a fearless cleric

Ambode described the development as a great loss to the Muslim community, the state and the country in general.

“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,” he said,

Ambode urged the family of the late cleric to take solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and contributed immensely to national development.

Alhaji Garuba Akinola was inaugurated as the 9th Chief Imam of Lagos on July 30, 2000.

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