With the death, yesterday of Dr. Sakariyau Babalola, the President of Muslims of South Western Nigeria ( MUSWEN) and Deputy President General of Nigeria Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs, the Muslim world has lost another illustrious son who dedicated his entire life to the service of Allah, beyond the shores of Nigeria.
Dr. Babalola lived an extremely Spartan life despite the immense blessings of Allah on him. His humility was legendary, and his unparalleled leadership qualities manifest in his pioneering efforts at the formation of MUSWEN, the coordinating body for Muslims in Southern Nigeria, not just the South West.
That Muslim organizstions in Southern Nigeria are cohesive, speaking with one voice and presenting common front on issues of national concerns are due largely to the maturity and magnanimity of late Dr. Babalola.
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Though at the Muslim Public Affairs Centre, MPAC Nigeria, we are are sorely pained at the death of this father figure of Muslims, we are console the he lived a life of worthy legacy.
Death is a certainty, because every soul shall taste death. The beauty of death particularly for the Muslim whose covenant of devotion and service to Allah remained sacrosanct till his last breath, is that Allah has promised such Al jannat.
So, we console ourselves as we pray to Allah to continue to raise for our ummah men and women of strong faith and inspiring and exemplary character to provide leadership for the Muslim Ummah and the nation at large.
Director, Media and Strategic Communications Muslim Public Affairs Centre MPAC Nigeria