The remains of the former Commissioner in Ogun State, Suleiman Onabiyi has been laid to rest in Lagos. Onabiyi was said to have died on Sunday, October 22, at age 85 and was buried in a traditional Muslim way the following day.
The elder statesman and philanthropist was known for his grassroots politics and noble deeds to his community and beyond.
These acts earned him a book entitled, “Prince of the Grassroots” a biography of Chief Suleiman Onabiyi Okanlomo of Egbaland.
In a press statement, the former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun described Onabiyi as a selfless leader.
He was the Chairman of Ifo Local Government Area under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) State Commissioner for Agriculture, Chairman of the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority, and the Chairman of the Elders Council of People Democratic Party (PDP) among others.
In Amosun’s words: “A great lover of the masses, a kind-hearted leader, and a man of admirable carriage, Chief Onabiyi will be remembered for the many lives he touched positively through his philanthropic gesture, and for his devotion and commitment to the cause of the Almighty Allah (SWT).
“I’m deeply touched that our political family has been depleted of a committed leader, a great supporter, and a father figure. I thank the Almighty Allah (SWT) for his life and the indelible legacies he left behind. “ “It is my prayer that Allah (SWT) will grant Chief Sule Onabiyi Aljannah Fridaus, and give his wife, children, grandchildren and the entire family, the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.”
Meanwhile, the family said in a statement: “With heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved patriarch. Alhaji Suleiman Onabiyi.
He has embarked on his journey from mortality to immortality, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished. This obituary is a tribute to his remarkable life.”