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Published On: Thu, Jun 19th, 2014

Jonathan, Atiku mourn as Arisekola-Alao dies at 69

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Arisekola-AlaoFrom Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday mourned the death of the Aare Muslimi of Yorubaland, Chief Abdulazeez Arisekola-Alao, who died earlier in the day at a hospital in London  after long battle with colon cancer. He died at the age of 69.

His  body is expected to arrive Nigeria  for burial today (Thursday), according to Islamic rites.

Born on 14th of February, 1945, Arisekola-Alao started out as a trader in his youth and grew into a businessman with investments in real estate, auto sales, news media, and flourmills.

In 1980, he was named  by Islamic clerics as  the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, making him one of the most notable Islamic figures in the region.

In separate tributes to the deceased yesterday, both President Jonathan and former VP Atiku, reckoned with his astuteness in business, as well as sense of patriotism.

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