By Amuda Dan Sulaiman FAB
The Gabi of Lokoja, Alhaji Sulaiman Baba-Ali on Friday expressed sadness over the death of the highly revered Chief Imam of Lokoja, Sheikh Jimada Shafi.
Late Jimada Shafi, died on Thursday night in Lokoja at the age of 100.
Baba-Ali in a condolence message, described the development as a great loss to the Muslim Community, the State and the country in general.
He said the late cleric would be sorely missed and remembered for his bold and courageous sermons which stood him out in the present-day Nigeria.
The Gobi of Lokoja said the late cleric was a great man of God who spoke truth to power not minding whose ox was gored, and contributed immensely to the growth and development of Kogi State.
He said: “It is with deep sense of great loss but total submission to the will of God that I note the demise of the Chief Imam of our dear town, Jimada Shafi.
“He was indeed a respected cleric who was always mindful of his integrity and used his sermons to engineer positive changes in the behaviour and character of his followers.
“He was a devout Muslim; humanist and bridge builder and would be remembered for his fairness, boldness and thought-provoking sermons.”
Baba-Ali, while commiserating with the family of the late cleric, urged them to take solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and contributed immensely to the peaceful coexistence in the State until his demise. “On behalf of my family, I like to specially commiserate with the immediate family of the deceased and the Muslim Community for this great irreparable loss,” he said.