By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Hon. Oluwole Oke has commiserated with the people and government of Oyo State over the death of the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola Alao describing his death as a great loss to the southwest region and Nigeria at large.
Oke in a condolence message signed by his media aide, Barrister Yemi Giwa, copy of which was made available to journalists in Osogbo said his death was shocking and devastating adding that it occurred when the people of the state, southwest and Nigeria needed him most.
He said late Alhaji Arisekola Alao was an unparallel humanist among his peers and that his departure affected many lives.
According to him, “he was a rare gem, a bridge builder. He was man of the people who have friends across the country.
“He was one of the most detribalised Nigerians that I ever known as he gave his daughter in marriage to the son of Chief Emmanuel Nwuanyanwu of Imo descent, South-East Nigeria.
“Alhaji Arisekola Alao was a Muslim, who loved all other religions; he was a man of peace. As a philanthropist of note, the lives he has torched positively are countless; the state will miss him greatly; the southwest region will miss him; the country at large will miss him.
“I personally respect him for his exemplary lifestyle as a businessman, religious leader and philanthropist.
“His wisdom and sense of direction will be missed. I pray for the fortitude to bear the loss for the family and the state.”, he said