Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) have mourned the death of a popular Islamic preacher and foremost Qur’an memoriser, Sheikh AbdulGaniyu Aboto.
Sheikh Aboto, a prominent alumni of Kamaliyyya-Adabiyya, the educational wing of the Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, alongside one of his disciples died on Thursday when his car plunged into a river along Sobi Army barracks road in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
The corpses of the great cleric and that of his companion were retrieved from the river by men of the State Fire Service on Saturday.
The janazah (burial) prayer was held for the deceased at the Okekere-Ilorin residence of the founder of Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, the late Sheikh Mohammed Kamaldeen Al-Adabbbiy yesterday.
Governor Abdul Razaq and hundreds of residents of Ilorin defied early morning rain to attend the burial prayer led by Imam Yakub Aliagan.
In his condolence message, Governor AbdulRazaq described as shocking and sad the deaths of Aboto al-Adaby and some other yet-to-be-identified persons in an auto crash reportedly in the early hours of Friday.
Also, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, expressed sadness over the death of Sheikh Aboto.
In its own message, the IEDPU described the demise of Aboto as a great and irreparable loss not only to the people of Ilorin emirate but also that of the entire Muslim ummah.