Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said the legacies of goodwill, philanthropy, commerce and religious tolerance left behind by the late Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Alhaji Azeez Arisekola Alao, will continue live after him.
Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, described the death of Arisekola, as a gargantuan loss of a bridge of unity that linked Nigerians of different religions together.
The Governor said he was deeply pained by the loss of the eminent industrialist and religious leader because he (Fayemi) believes that the deceased would still be around for more years to offer the needed counsel to political office holders.
Fayemi noted that Arisekola who served as the Deputy President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) used his position to preach against terrorism being experienced in some parts of the country and lent his voice in support of religious harmony.
Describing the deceased as a reputable captain of industry, Fayemi said Arisekola during patience and diligence built one of the largest business conglomerates in Nigeria with interests in the key sectors of the economy. The Governor added that the late industrialist provided economic succour to many Nigerians and foreigners through his business interests.
He explained further that Arisekola was an uncommon philanthropist who assisted the poor by giving them economic empowerment, scholarships for indigent students, provision of places of worship and other infrastructures in various communities.
Fayemi urged the family of the deceased not to despair in this moment of grief but to be consoled by the good life he lived and the lives he touched in his lifetime. The Governor also sent his message of condolence to the family of the deceased, the government and people of Oyo State who have lost an illustrious son praying God to give them the fortitude to bear the monumental loss.