President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday mourned the death of the Chief Imam of the Katsina Metropolis Central Mosque, Imam Muhammad Lawal.
Lawal died at the age of 95 on Sunday, May 6, after a protracted illness.
His death was confirmed by his family spokesman, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed, who said that their father died after a prolonged sickness.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu sent his condolences to the government and people of Katsina State.
The president, describing Lawal’s death as a great loss to the state said the late Chief Imam spent his days praying and teaching values and precepts of the Quran.
“The President believes Malam Liman, who passed on at the age of 95 years, lived a pious, worthy and highly recommendable life that will be remembered by posterity, urging all Muslims in the state to immortalise him by living the virtues of love, peace, and neighbourliness he lived and propagated.
“President Buhari prays that Allah would grant the soul of the departed good rest, and comfort his family,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Funeral prayers was conducted at the premises of Katsina Central Mosque as the Imam was buried at Dantakum burial ground in Katsina metropolis according to Islamic rites.
Also, the Emir of Katsina, Alh Abdulmumini Kabir and Gov. Aminu Masari presnet at the funeral described the death of the Chief Imam as a great loss to Katsina people and the Islamic world.
“We pray to Almighty Allah to forgive him all his sins and Grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.” Emir said.