The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Garuba Akinola Ibrahim (Gana V), has died. He will be 80 in December.
He died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Sunday, September 24, 2017 around 3 pm.
At 63, Sheik Ibrahim was turbaned Chief Imam of Lagos by former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on July 30, 2000.
This was following the demise of his predecessor, Alhaji Liadi Alade Ibrahim (OBE), in 1998.
He was honoured with Order of the Niger (OON) by former President Goodluck Jonathan same year Senator Oluremi Tinubu got national honour.
Meanwhile, Asiwaju Tinubu has mourned the death of Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Ibrahim.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart,said Sheikh Ibrahim would be sorely missed as he always put his deep knowledge and understanding of Islam at the disposal of many in Lagos.
In a statement issued last night in Lagos by Tinubu Media Office, Asiwaju Tinubu said: “I’m 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 Ibrahim will be sorely missed not only by Muslim faithful but by the people of Lagos and South-west.
“Sheikh Ibrahim always put his deep knowledge and understanding of Islam at the disposal of many. Through his sermon and ‘Khutbat’, he drew attention to the various societal ills and suggested corrective steps.
“As Lagos State governor, I presented him with the staff of office as the 9th Chief Imam of Lagos on July 30, 2000 following the demise of his predecessor, the late Alhaji Liadi Alade Ibrahim (OBE). 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.”