Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state his predecessor, Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), have mourned the death of President of Yoruba Community in Kaduna state, Alhaji Liadi Adeyinka Olapade.

Rotary District 9125, New Nigerian Development Company Ltd, State of Osun Indigenes Association and Gidauniyar Jihar Katsina (Katsina State Development Fund) were among hosts of organisations and bodies that mourned the late Alhaji Olapade, who was Chairman of Ansar-ud-Deen Society Kaduna branch as well as Muslim Council of Nigeria (MCON) until his death. He died at the age of 67 after a brief illness.

Governor El-Rufai, while signing the condolence register after paying a condolence visit to the family described Alhaji Liadi Olapade as a bridge builder. “May the soul of Alhaji Olapade rest in perfect peace! He was a great citizen of Kaduna state, a bridge builder. May Allah bless all he left behind,” Governor el-Rufai wrote.

Also speaking, former Governor Makarfi, said the death of Alhaji Olapade came to him as a shock “However, Allah knows best. He took away a beloved father, husband, friend, professional and highly religious person. I have known Alhaji Olapade since 1985. May God reward his good deeds and forgive his mistakes. May Aljanna Firdausi be his final abode.”

Similarly, The President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mrs Comfort Olu Eyitayo, said the death of Alhaji Olapade had created a big vacuum that would be difficult to fill in the accounting profession.

“The death of Alhaji Olapade Liadi Adeyinka, FCA (MB2297) left a big vacuum in our noble accounting profession. Since Alhaji Adeyinka was inducted into the noble accounting profession in 1979 after he passed the qualifying examinations of the Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) and subsequently inducted into the membership of ICAN, he dedicated himself to service, even beyond the call of duty.

“He mentored several up-and-coming chartered accountants who are occupying strategic roles as professionals in the public and private sector of the economy,” the ICAN President said.

Adamu Yusuf