Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has mourned the death of popular Muslim Leader Sheik Ibrahim Ayede.
In a statement personally signed by him, he said: “When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” William Shakespeare wrote those immortal words to celebrate moments like this when men, women and children are gathered to celebrate the eternal transition of kings and princes.
“Sheik Ibrahim Ayede was one of our dearly beloved princes whose earthly sojourn was to the glory of Allah and the blessing of humanity.
“Like all who had the great fortune of his acquaintance, I felt a sense of personal loss of a great servant of Allah and devout Muslim leader when I received the news of the death of our highly revered Sheik Ibrahim Ayede.
“His death came as a shock to me and the vacuum his departure will create remains a huge loss to the government and people of Oyo State, particularly the Muslim community. He has indeed left behind a shoe too big for others to wear.
“But with total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, I pray that He grants his soul Al-Jannah Firdaus and give his loving family and loved ones, especially the Muslim ummah the fortitude to bear the great loss.
“He will be sorely missed because his wisdom and sound doctrines on religious matters have impacted on the propagation of Islam and moral rebirth among the adherents since I knew him.
“I’m confident that the sublimity of his earthly sojourn, his affectionate love for mankind, his patriotic zeal and service to his fatherland, dedication to Allah and his quintessential lifestyle would grant him joyful welcome into Al-Jannah.
“He has fought a good fight for humanity; he has finished his course and has kept faith with Allah’s injunctions and so, he deserves eternal rest fit for pious worshippers of his status.
“His legacies of philanthropy, orderly behaviour, respect for due process, respect for fellow human beings, culture of tolerance, contentment, discipline and ability to live above board will surely outlive him.
I hope that those of us left behind will draw inspiration and be guided daily in our lives by these legacies and commitment to the will of Allah and the love of our neighbors.
“On behalf of the good people of Oyo State, I pray that Allah forgive the sins of our father, Sheik Ibrahim Ayede and grant him eternal rest”.