Abdulazeez Arisekola-Alao dies at 69
The Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland Alhaji Arisekola-Alao is dead.
Aged 69, Alhaji Alao was a prominent native of Ibadan and a business mogul.
He was conferred with the title of Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland in 1980 by the league of Imams and Alfas.
AbdulazeezArisekola Alaowas a notable Nigerian businessman and contractor.
He was considered a wealthy businessman 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.
Born in 1945 to Abdul Raheem Alao and Olatutu Alao, he attended St Luke's Primary School, Adigun and ICC Primary school, he also studied Arabic Studies.
In 1960, he was with the Ogunpa-Oyo Commercial Center before venturing into full time business a year later.
His traditional commercial focus is in auto sales, flour mills and oil marketing through his Lister brand, he has also developed interest in real estate, insurance, banking and publishing.
Originally, he came from humble means, joining his uncle as an apprentice in Gbagi market of Ibadan in 1960.
He left in 1961 to sell Gammalin 20 vide and later became an agent of Imperial Chemical Industries.
He was conferred with the title of Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland by the league of Imams and Alfas from the region in 1980.
During the democratic period of the Sani Abacha, Arisekola pitched his tent with the Democratic Party of Nigeria also known as DPN. However, his closeness with the Abacha administration has erred him detractors within Yoruba land.
His Press outfit was burnt in May 1998 during the aftermath of the campaign for the prolongation of the Abacha government and right after the death of Abacha, a visit to University of Ibadan caused a minor riot when students shouted down at him and proceeded to burn his limousine as a result of anger fueled at him due to his relationship with Abacha’s administration.
Arisekola-Alao doubled as the President-General of the Grand Council for Islamic Affairs and member of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA
In Ibadan he contributed to many Islamic causes including the construction of mosques and alms giving to many residents who troop to his home.
Until his death, 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.