Muslim Groups Mourn Adegbite’s Demise

Lateef Adegbite

Lateef Adegbite

Various Islamic groups on Saturday paid glowing tribute to late Dr AbdulLateef Adegbite, describing his death as a big loss to the Muslim community and the nation.

Adegbite, who until his death on Friday, was the Secretary-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) died in Lagos at the age of 79.

The groups in their various condolence messages described him as an exemplary leader and a lover of peace whose death had created a vacuum in the community.

The groups include the NSCIA, Nigeria Inter Religious Council, (NIREC), Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, (MSSN), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN)

Others are Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA), Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organisations in the USA (NCNMO) and the National Council of Muslim Youths Organisations (NACOMYO).

In his condolence message, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, National Coordinator of NIREC and Adegbite’s deputy at NSCIA, said “ we have lost an illustrious son of Africa’’.

“As an academician, an erudite scholar and season lawyer, a political figure, a religious leader and founder of many Islamic societies and groups, the religious community has lost a rare gem,’’ Oloyede said.

In his message, MURIC National Coordinator, Prof Ishaq Akintola said Adegbite lived a life of devotion and piety.

“He promoted the golden qualities of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence even at the peak of worst crises and irrational provocation.’’

Akintola said that Adegbite was a team player who steered the affairs of the Muslim Ummah with dexterity, adding that “Nigeria has lost a gem’’.

In his tribute, national President of UNIFEMGA, Dr Abdulwahab Egbewole, said the death of Adegbite should be a lesson that “we need to do our best to serve Allah and leave our footprints in all the areas we may find ourselves’’.

He described the deceased as “a consummate administrator, committed academic, focused religious leader, concerned community leader and a bridge builder’’.

The MMPN Chairman, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the demise of Adegbite was a great loss to the Muslim Ummah.

He added that the deceased was instrumental to the formation of many professional Islamic organisations in the country with the aim of projecting Islam through their professional callings.

NACOMYO said the death of Adegbite was a big loss to the Ummah.

Mas’ud Akintola, NACOMYO Coordinator in Oyo State said Adegbite’s death had created a big vacuum for the Ummah and prayed Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdaus.

Adegbite was born in Abeokuta, Ogun, on March 20, 1933 and attended Methodist School, Abeokuta and Kings College, Lagos.

He co-founded and was the first national president of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria. (NAN)

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