BREAKING: Sultan, Nigerian Muslim Ummah mourn, as SO Babalola dies

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Deputy President-General (South), Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sakariyau Olayiwola Babalola (OON): To be honoured at home.

The Deputy President-General (South) of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sakariyyau Olayiwola Babalola, is dead.

He was until his death in the early hours of Wednesday 2nd October 2019 the deputy in charge of Southern Nigeria assisting yhe Sultan of Sokoto, who is President-General, in the administration of the NSCIA.

From Left: President, Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria and Deputy President General (South), Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Late Alhaji Sakariyau Olayiwola Babalola, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and Sultan of Sokoto and President General, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, as they prepare to proceed to their convocation seats, during the 70th Foundation Anniversary/Convocation Ceremonies of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, on Saturday November 17, 2018.

Popularly called S. O. Babalola, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) was till death pioneer President of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) with Ibadan as its headquarters.

According to the Chairman of the Media and Communication Committee of MUSWEN, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the details of the burial of the Muslim cum business icon would be announced later.

Balogun added: “May Allah be pleased with Baba and admit him into Al-Janah Firdaus.”

In the meantime, effort to get to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, who just returned to the country from a United Kingdom trip to which he traveled after delivering the Ulefunta Public Lecture 2019 in Akure Ondo State, for his reaction was yet successful as at the time of filing this report.

A Sultan’s Palace source in Sokoto however confirmed he had received the shocking news and would make his reaction when he chose to.

Late S. O. Babalola presenting a gift to Deji of Akure, when he had a stop over in Akure enroute Aiyede Ekiti, representing the Sultan of Sokoto as guest of Attah of Aiyede Kingdom, Ekiti State, on Friday August 14, 2016.

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