The leadership of Anwar-Ul-Islam Movement of Nigeria headed by the chairman Alhaji Mubashir Ojelade on Wednesday showered encomiums on late Lagos School Principal, Alhaji Jimoh Gbadamosi.
He eulogised the late educationist at the eight-day Fida’u Prayers organised in his honour by the Islamic movement, at the Eko Club, Surulere, Lagos State.
At event, the President of Anwar-Ul-Islam Movement of Nigeria described Gbadamosi, a one-time General Secretary of the movement, as clean in character and conduct.
Ojelade, an old student of Ahmadiyya College, Agege, Lagos (now Anwar-Islam Model College), said that the late educationist was his principal and one of the leaders of the movement, who served in several capacities.
Ojelade, also a former Vice President, National Secretary and Legal Adviser of the movement, equally described Gbadamosi as a thorough breed educationist, whose contributions to education would be remembered.
“He was hardworking, thorough and fair-minded. He was kind and firm and could be tough on matters of indiscipline.
“He had zero tolerance for indiscipline. He was a disciplinarian. We thank God for his life,” he said.
He urged the current crop of educationists to raise the standard of discipline and love for students and the country.
“They must take students as their own children and mentor them in moral courage and religiousity,” he said.
The guest lecturer at the event, Alhaji Sakirudeen Abdul-Gafar, who described the deceased as a good man, said that every man would embark on the journey to eternity someday.
Preaching a sermon from Quran 76, the cleric said, “We should not forget ourselves in the world
“A time will come when we will transit from this world. It is not how far but how well that matters.
“Death is not the end of our existence but a means to another existence.
“We should do well. We shall be made to return to our creator. Nothing of our deeds shall be concealed from the knowledge of Almighty Allah.
“We shall be judged according to our deeds.’’
Abdu-Gafar urged Nigerians to be close to God and be good to humanity.
“This is what God demands,’’ he added.
In another lecture, Alhaji Dhul-Nureni Onimosa, Chief Imam of Mushin Mission, Lagos, said that only God is immortal.
Onimosa said that Gbadamosi’s life and times were impactful on humanity; hence, the crowd of people at Fida’u prayers.
Alhaji Lawal Pedro, the National President, Anwar-Ul Islam Model College, Agege, Old Students Association, called for inauguration of an annual symposium to immortalise the deceased’s contributions to education development.
Leading the Fida’u Prayers, Alhaji Ahmad Babatunde Yoosuf, the National Chief Missioner of the society, prayed for the family and all others that the deceased left behind.
Mr Biodun Gbadamosi, the second son of the deceased, said that his father taught him to be selfless, contented and humane.
Biodun, a former General Manager of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), said that his father was a philanthropist, kindhearted, strict and lived by example.
“You heard what many people have been saying about him. Baba left a legacy of honesty, dedication, punctuality and contentment.
“He lived a fulfilled and happy life. He will be greatly missed by his immediate family, extended family, students, friends and associates,” Biodun said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the late Gbadamosi was born on March 18, 1927.
He was a Principal of Anwar-Ul Islam Model College, Agege, from 1960 to 1976, and that of Jubril Martin Memorial Grammar School, Iponri, Lagos State, from 1976 to 1977.
Gbadamosi was the General Secretary of Anwar-Ul Islam Movement of Nigeria from 1981 to 1987.
He died on May 15, 2023 at age 96.