By BASHIR ADEFAKA
Leader of the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and Sultan of Sokoto Caliphate, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has reacted to the Tuesday night death of former Ekiti State Commissioner for Lands, Alhaji Yakubu Oladoro Sanni.
Alhaji Sanni, immediate past Chairman of the Ekiti State Muslim Council and who was appointed Commissioner by Governor Segun Oni 24 hours after his retirementfrom Ekiti Stateservice as Permanent Secretary in 2003, died around 10pm on Tuesday at the age of 74.
In a yet detailed reaction, the Sultan upon coming across the report of the death as published by The DEFENDER, acknowledged the late top civil servant as truly great and excellent”.
“Inna liLlah wa inna ilaihi rajiun!! We lost an excellent leader in SW (South West) and entire Nation!! May Allah grant him and all of us Firdaus, amin!!” Sultan Abubakar said.
A close friend and ally in Islamic matters to the deceased, Attah and Paramount Ruler of Ayede Kingdom, Ekiti State, Oba Alhaji AbdulMumini Adebayo Orisagbemi, described Alhaji Yakubu Sanni’s death as shocking and “very, very sad.”
The DEFENDER had earlier reported that Attah broke the news of Sanni’s death to its editorial team in an early Wednesday’s exclusive telephone conversation.
Also, Chairman, Oyo State Muslim Community, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, has reacted to the death of the late great state and faith leader.
Kunni Sanni, who is former President of National Council of muslim Youths of Nigeria (NACOMYO), started his reaction at a forum Wednesday morning with an alert statement saying, “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. I have lost a brother, a confidant and a wonderful jihadist.”
He described Alhaj Yakubu Sanni as unequivocally “the greatest jihadist and philantropist in Ekiti state.”
He said, “As chairman of Ekiti Council of Islamic Affairs he was courageous, dynamic and responsible. Since I knew him when he was personal assistant to Alh Musa Ayeni then Deputy Governor of old Ondo state I adopted him as my senior brother more so we shared the same surname and till death hardly a day passes without us exchanging views on the plight of the Ummah in Nigeria.”
Speaking further Kunle Sanni said, “With his alter ego Alhaj Ogunlayi they were like a giant collosus in fighting for the rights of Muslims in Ekiti state. I cannot recollect him missing any meeting of Muswen all the way to Ibadan from Ado-Ekiti.
“Alhaj Sanni would be missed in the jihadist topography not only of Yorubaland but the entire country.
“May Allah accept his meritorious services as act of Ibadah, forgive his misdemeanors and grant him jannat Firdaous,” Alhaji Kunle Sanni prayed in his reaction to the shocking death of Alhaji Yakubu Sanni, the erstwhile Chairman of Ekiti State Muslim Council on Wednesday.
To the former Secretary of Ekiti State Muslim Council, Alhaji Tajudeen Adejumo, the death of Alhaji Sanni “is a great loss to us in Ekiti and the Ummah in general”.
Secretary General, Ogun State Muslim Council under the President General of the Council and Awujale of Ijebu Land, Alhaji Kamar Akintunde, has also sent in his reaction.
“The deceased was a practicing and committed Muslim. He was principled, pragmatic,fearless and unbending in matters he believed in.
“A bureaucrat who put his expertise and wisdom to bear in the affairs of the “Ummah” in the “Land of Honour and Integrity” State as Chairman of the State Muslim Council.
“He was equally dedicated and dutiful in serving the people and his community. Hence he enjoyed the goodwill of the leadership of the “Ummah”/Muslim Community in the South West and the apex (National) echelon.
“He championed and defended causes for Islamic promotion and the advancement of Muslims in Ekiti and beyond as a leading member of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria,MUSWEN and the NSCIA. He was also youth friendly as he was an advisor to Ekiti Chapter of NACOMYO.
“As he’s being mourned, we pay tribute to him for his dedicated public service on one hand,and importantly his profound sense of service and duty to Islam.
“Allah (SWT) grant him peaceful repose and make him a dweller of paradise,” the Ogun Muslim Council’s chief scribe said.