Muslim Community Offers Prayer For Late Socialite, Chief Onabanjo, Family

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Alhaji Sefiudeen Ademoritan Olowooribi, Grand Chief Imam of Ikorodu Division and Chief Imam of the Ikorodu Central Mosque (2nd left), Alhaji Abdul – Bashir Maja, Imam, Itudofin Mosque (2nd right), Alhaji Abdul – Rahma Erubami, Imam, Itundofin Mosque (left) and another senior cleric (right) at the special prayer by the Ikorodu Muslim community for late Alhaji Mukaila Onabanjo on Monday.

The Grand Chief Imam of Ikorodu Division and Chief Imam of the Ikorodu Central Mosque, Alhaji Sefiudeen Ademoritan Olowooribi, on Monday, led the special Islamic prayer for Alhaji Mukaila Onabanjo, popular known and called ‘Baba Micky’ and ‘Baba Modinat’, who died on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

 Late Alhaji Onabanjo, who was a socialite of note, was buried on Monday, according to Islamic rites.

He was the Saraki Adeen of Lagos and Ikorodu Central Mosque and also held traditional title of Balogun of Ikorodu Kingdom.

He was born on January 31, 1941, and died on January 9, 2022, aged 81.

The prayer, which took place hours after the late business tycoon was buried, was held at his home along the Ikorodu – Lagos Road, Ikorodu, where he was also buried.

At the special prayer were widows, children, family members and sympathisers of the deceased.

Children of late Alhaji Mukaila Onabanjo, family members and guests during the prayer.
Cross section of family members and guests at the prayer.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Olowooribi, speaking at the prayer session, said that late Onabanjo lived a fulfilled life.

The revered Islamic cleric also added that the death of the late Balogun of Ikorodu Kingdom should be a lesson for those still alive.

“He was a great man while alive and was known all over. He lived a good and fulfilled life”, he said.

 “He had money, children, well connected and he was a great influence but today, he is no more.

“The death of Alhaji Onabanjo is a sermon for all of us. No matter who you are and how long that you live, you will eventually died”, the Chief lmam said.

“We came to life with nothing and he has gone back to where he is going to live till eternity with nothing despite the fact that he had everything while alive”, Alhaji Olowooribi added.

Alhaji Abdul -Wasil Erubami, Imam, Ifelodun Mosque (standing) delivering sermon at the special prayer session for late Alhaji Onabanjo and family.
The vault where the remains of Alhaji Mukaila Onabanjo, the Saraki Adeen of Lagos and Balogun of Ikorodu Kingdom was interred on Monday.

 Olowo-Oribi prayed for the children and family members of the deceased.

Earlier,  Alhaji Abdul-Wasil Erubami, Imam Ifelodun Mosque, charged guests present at the prayer to always remember God and live a worthy life.

“We must remember God at all times and prepare for our last moment because we never can tell when the time will be.

“He (late Onabanjo) was a great man while alive, but he did not go to where he is now with anything.

“We are using his burial to reach out to those alive to change for good because no one know when he or she will die but what is certain is that death will come at the appointed time”, the cleric said.

Cross section of children, family members and guests.
Mrs Rukayat Akinpelu – Onabanjo (Zarah) with members of Onabanjo family during the prayer.
Mr Muka Onabanjo, son of late socialite, Alhaji Onabanjo (2nd right), his wife, Mrs Rukayat Akinpelu – Onabanjo (Zarah) (2nd left) with Alhaji Akinpelu (the son) (left) and a friend of late Alhaji Onabanjo (right) after the prayer.
Family members and sympathisers
Family members and sympathisers.

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