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Tinubu mourns chief Imam of Ikeja, condoles with Muslim community



From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja


President Bola Tinubu has expressed sadness over the passing of the Chief Imam of Ikeja, Sheikh Tijani Olayiwola Balogun.

According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President sympathised with the Muslim Ummah in the country and the people of Lagos State over the cleric’s death.

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Sheikh Balogun died on August 11, 2023, and was buried on Friday in his residence in Ikeja. 

In his condolence message, the President described the late Chief Imam as a deeply religious and patriotic Nigerian who contributed greatly, not only to the propagation of Islam in the country and beyond but also to the prevailing peaceful co-existence between Muslims and adherents of other religions in Lagos State.

Tinubu said he was deeply saddened by the demise of the Chief Imam, while urging his family and the people of Lagos State to be consoled by his good deeds in life and to continue to propagate the legacies left behind by the late Chief Imam.

“I join the Chief Imam’s family, the people of Ikeja and Muslim Ummah across the country in celebrating Sheikh Balogun, and in commending him for his useful contributions to Islam and humanity at large. I pray that Almighty Allah accepts his return, rewards his good work, and grants him Aljanna Firdaus,” the President prayed.

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