Posted: Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 16:35 pm

Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao Lost Cancer Battle, Died In Switzerland

Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao, a notable Nigerian businessman passed away at a hospital in Switzerland on June 17, 2014 at the age of 69.

Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao

Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao

An unnamed family source later revealed that Mr. Alao has lost his battle with colon cancer. The remains of the deceased businessman will arrive to Nigeria for burial as early as tomorrow in keeping with Muslim rites.

Arisekola bears the title of Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland. He is known for his causes in support of Islam in Ibadan and his close ties to many of the city’s traditional and religious elites and to various other Yoruba Muslim leaders.

He saw his fortunes rise during the regimes of Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha while his style is sometimes criticized as favoring any regime that can butter his nest. He was both a friend of MKO Abiola and Sani Abacha but was actively involved in supporting the latter to elongate his tenure through a transition from military to democratic leadership.

In Ibadan Arisekola contributed to many Islamic causes including the construction of mosques and alms giving to many residents who troop to his home. He was a patron to many Yoruba Muslim groups including the youth wing of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations of Nigeria (NACOMYO) and some Yoruba Muslim women group.

Aside from that, Alhaji Abdul Azeez Arisekola Alao was a man of honour both home and abroad. The late Mr. Alao was married to several wives and many children.


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