In life and death, this great man, Aare AbdulAzeez Arisekola’s ways never ceased to amaze his hordes of admirers, is it his controversial ways of dealing with people? His unrivalled philanthropist gestures or his underground politicking that is not controversial? His ways are always special.
Much has been said and written about his last glorious days, his simple, but classy Islamic burial and the way and manner his Will was read a couple of days after his burial, which has put paid to what could probably lead to any form of suspicion as to the administration of his vast estates and stupendous wealth.
Sources told us exclusively that many, who witnessed the reading of his Will of the late billionaire are still shell-shocked regarding what they heard on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Chief Registrar’s office Room 30 of the Oyo State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan.
A source divulged that most of the children, who were opportune to attend were dressed in all-white native attires except for three, who chose to be different.
“The whole affair started before 3.00pm, when a lawyer from the chambers of Arisekola’s lawyer called the children one after the other and the all filed into the Registrar’s office according to their ages starting with the eldest daughter, Fatimo Alao.
Also present was Oba Otudeko, the administrator of the Will, who happens to be the closes confidant of the late Aare Musulumi minutes after the short ceremony, snippets of what the Will contained started making the rounds, like the setting up of a foundation to immortalize the late Islamic leader in order to continue his philanthropy.
However, we can disclose exclusively that, when the content of the Will is finally in the public domain after the holy month of Ramadan, Nigerians will be shocked with the drastic measure the late Islamic scholar adopted.
Part of the Will, which might likely lead to a protracted litigation has to do with the fact that he actually disowned some of his hitherto known children and wives.
One of those he reportedly disowned in the Will, we gathered, was one of his prominent sons along with five other children for one reason or the other.
We also gathered that a prominent lady said to be married to him and lives in the UK was also disowned and dis-inherited along with two of her young children for an undisclosed reason, which some claim could be based on the long list of men associated with her even, while her husband was still hale and hearty.
Three people were said to have found eternal favour in the sight of Aare and he thanked them and showed his appreciation also in kind, the first was the elder sister, who is to be given $1Million, his most senior driver is to receive $250,000, while his long serving cook will also have no cause to be poor again as he is to be given $250,000 also.
Our source disclosed that what was read was actually a codicil because the Will had gone through a lot of revamping and adjustment over the years as Alhaji has had to either add or remove the Will.
It was gathered that Aare Arisekola directed that all his money in First Bank and several multi-billion naira investment should be kept in a trust fund to be managed by Oba Otudeko and that the proceeds should go to the beneficiaries throughout their lifetime.
It will be recalled that during his lifetime, Arisekola was so influential that he installed ministers and governors and his boys in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were given important positions.
Perhaps, the only known unfulfilled dream he had was the creation of Ibadan State, which was not realized in his lifetime; he fought and agitated for it.
Despite his cult-like personality, one of the known negative impacts he made was his perceived closeness to one of Nigeria’s dictators, the late Gen. Sanni Abacha.
During the iron-fist rule of Abacha, his people once took up arms against him and burnt his cars and his publishing outfit, Monitor along Ring Road, Ibadan.
Sources close to the late business mogul said that his legacies would be difficult to erase and that he achieved most of his life ambitions before he bade the world good bye last month at 69.
How Arisekola’s Wife Died
– 30 Million Looted In His Oluwo Home
Days after the sudden demise of Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland Alhaji Abdul Azeez Arisekola Alao, the family is yet to come to terms with the sudden death of one of his wives, Alhaja Jelilat, who was involved in a ghastly auto crash along Oyo/Ilorin expressway on Monday July 1, 2014.
Her death came as a big surprise to the family members and well wishers, who could not control their emotions as they wept bitterly over the woman’s death, which is the third in the family within one year.
First to die was Aare Arisekola’s first wife, Alhaja Risikat who passed away on May 23, 2013 at the age of 68, then the family’s breadwinner, Arisekola Alao died about three weeks ago, and the latest is Alhaja Jelilat, who died at 63.
The remains of Alhaja Jelilat were committed to mother-earth at Oluyole Estate Extension house of her son, last Wednesday.
The deceased died in motor accident which occurred at Eye -Nkorin area of Ilorin, Kwara State last week Tuesday, while travelling to Ilorin for a medical check-up.
Janazah prayer was conducted for her by the Chief Imam of Arisekola-Alao Central Mosque, Ibadan Alhaji Mustapha Akuru.
Speaking at the burial ceremony, Akuru, who talked about the virtues of the deceased, urged everyone to live a good life because, according to him, death comes without giving any notice.
“Death is an inevitable end for every human being and we must prepare for it at any time,” he said.
Among the dignitaries at the burial are wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, Balogun Mumuni of Yorubaland, Alhaji AbdulRasheed Adesokan, and the Secretary General Muslim Community of Oyo State, Murziq Siyanbade.
Others are Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development in Oyo State, Hon. Farouk Arisekola- Alao, a PDP Governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Dr. Kamil Oloso and Mr. Soji Adejumo.
The deceased was survived by Abdulahi and Fatimah Arisekola –Alao. The question on the lips of sympathizers was ‘why did Alhaja Risikat travel at a time she should be mourning the death of her husband.’ It was revealed that the woman was no longer married to Aare Arisekola before his death.
Meanwhile, it was alleged that a sum of 30 Million naira was carted away from the residence of the late business mogul, which was why his Oluwo Kekere mansion of the late Aare was put under lock.
Speaking with First Weekly on the matter, a former deputy governor in Oyo State and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Alhaji Azeem Gbolarumi, who was also a close confidant of the late Arisekola, stated that there was no iota of truth in the story.
He also stated that there was no time the house was locked, except when the corpse arrived for burial to prevent hoodlums from gaining entrance into the premises.
According to him, “It is not true that the house was looted, the only time we locked the gate of the house was during his burial to prevent hoodlums from gaining entrance into the compound,” he said.
Arisekola-Alao’s House To Be Turned To Schools Within 3 Yrs
The expansive Oluwo-Kekere, Bodija mansion of the late Ibadan business icon and Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao, will become a permanent site for schools within three years.
This was revealed in the last will and testament signed by the deceased before his demise and read out to the children recently, according to a snippet of the will accessed by Nigerian Tribune.
There had been tension and suspicions over the content of the will since the demise of the late Islamic leader, as people continued to besiege his home on a daily basis.
However, according to the will, the mansion, situated at Oluwo-Kekere, Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State capital, must be turned by a foundation to a school, consisting primary, secondary and tertiary institutions within three years.
The humanitarian gesture of the late business icon was also brought to bear as he stated in the will that the family must continue to be responsible for sponsoring people to Umrah and hajj every year.
The late philantropist also asked family members and custodians of his property to continue with his gesture, by ensuring the welfare of the people was well taken care of. The late Arisekola-Alao, in the will, also gave out millions of naira to two people who were very close to him, though they are not his children.
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