The Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta Muslim Alumni (MAPAMA) on Friday said it is shocked by the news of the demise of one of its members, Oba Sabur Bakare, Jamolu II, the 9th Agura of Gbagura and paramount ruler of Gbagura land, Abeokuta, Ogun State, South West Nigeria.
MAPAMA’s mood was conveyed in a statement signed by Ismael Ayinla, a key member of the association’s Media and Publicity Committee.
The press release was made available to TOP MEDIA.
MAPAMA’s statement reads:
“Oba Bakare, until his death on Wednesday, was a devout Muslim, easy going and unassuming character, whose reign would be remembered for stability, development and unprecedented recognition in all nooks and crannies of Gbagura land, home and abroad.
“MAPAMA President, Prince Taofik Oyeniyi in his tribute, recalled how MAPAMA planned to invite the late monarch as Royal Father of the day her last National Convention and 20th Anniversary held in Abeokuta failed to come to fruition.
“Oyeniyi rated the four years reign of the late monarch as the golden era for Gbagura kingdom and its environs.
“We commiserate with the late monarch’s family, sons and daughters of Gbagura land at home and in diaspora.
“We equally join the Muslim community in Gbagura land, most especially, our dear father, Mufti of Egbaland and the Chief Imam of Gbagura land, Emeritus Professor, Kamaldeen Balogun and the entire good people of Egbaland in this period of bereavement and mourning,” the president mourned.
Furthermore, MAPAMA prayed that Allah repose the late monarch’s soul and grant him the best of paradise.
It would be recalled that Oba Bakare, 63, received the staff of office from former Governor Ibikunle Amosun on May 21, 2019, after the demise of his predecessor, Oba Halidu Laloko, Sobekin II.