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Magaji Agba of Ibadanland, Sheikh Zakariya Badmos is dead

Sheikh Zakariyah Badmus Onado, the Mogaji Agba of Ibadanland in Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria, is dead.

We learnt that Sheikh Badmos passed on on Sunday.

A dependable source from the Siba Royal Dynasty of Ibadan confirmed the news to this newspaper on Monday.

Many Muslims in Ibadan have been praying for compassion and mercy for the late Mogaji.

It is understood that Muslims within the deceased’s community gathered together to offer prayers for his forgiveness.

He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.

The history of Islam in the ancient city of Ibadan can be traced to as far back as early 19th century. It has been reported by various scholars that as at 1830 the city was full of Muslims from Yoruba, Hausa and many other tribes and varying origins. Islamic activities thus sprang up at this initial stage, though in its low ebb.

Mosques were later built individually and collectively and Islamic scholars, who later became prominent Imam also migrated to the city. The actual time for the beginning of Islam have not been ascertained by the historian. However, as at 1839, mosque was found in the central Ibadan with its first Imam Shaykh Abdullah Igun Olohun.

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