President Goodluck Jonathan has described the death of the renowned Nigerian businessman and religious leader, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao, as shocking and sad.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan while extending his sincere condolences to the Arisekola-Alao family as well as the people of Ibadan and Oyo State on the passing away of the famed Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, noted that he was a famous entrepreneur, community and religious leader.
In a condolence yesterday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said the demise of Arisekola-Alao was a loss to Nigeria.
He said in a statement by his media office in Abuja that he was shocked and saddened by the death of the business mogul.
The former vice president noted that the colourful and astute businessman was passionate about Nigeria.
The former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu also described Arisekola- Alao as a detrabilised Nigerian, whose death is a big loss to the nation. In a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser, Prince ‘Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said, “Aare was a nation builder who built friendship across the length and breadth of the country.
“Despite being an Islamic leader, he accommodated all and sundry, irrespective of religion. He promoted peaceful co existence between the Muslims and Christians. His life was dedicated to the caring of the less privileged in the society.”
The former governor urged the family of the deceased to take solace in the fact that he lived an accomplished life, dedicated to God and humanity.
Also, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, described Arisekola Alao as a bridge builder. Governor Ahmed, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, said it was painful that Arisekola died at a time when Nigeria needs wise counsel of such elderstatesmen at this critical time in Nigeria’s history.
Among dignitaries that stormed Arisekola-Alao Ibadan home yesterday were Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, his deputy, Moses Alake Adeyemo, ALGON chairman, Alhaji Yekeen Popoola, Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Monsurat Sunmonu, wife of state governor Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Alhaji Busari Haruna ,an Ibadan-based businessman Alhaji Lateef Oyelade among others.
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode described him as “a generous, kind and loving man.
Former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi in his comment said: “I spoke with him yesterday, he spoke very well. It is a big loss to Ibadan people. Somebody called to tell me. He said he was going for medical check up in Switzerland and from there to London.
National president of National Council of Muslim Youths Organisation (NACOMYO), Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, in a condolence message said the death was devastating coming few weeks after the death of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.
According to Akintunde, “ the Muslims Ummahs have yet lost a great financier and pillar of Islam whose act of benevolence and charity cut across tribal and religious boundaries.”