The Chief Imam of one of the leading muslim jamaats in New Jersey has highly commended the Publisher of COCORIOKO , Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, for the incomparable service he is providing the New Jersey community. Imam Alhaji Abdullah Savage made the commendation when members of the Mabohanday Social Club of New Jersey and the All People’s Congress ( APC ) New Jersey Branch congregated at his residence in Piscataway, New Jersey last Friday to express condolences to him on the death of his wife, Haja Sally Savage.
IMAM SAVAGE ( SECOND FROM RIGHT ) AND KABS KANU POSE WITH OTHER MUSLIM RELIGIOUS LEADERS DURING THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE BRIMA BANGURA IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR
Responding to messages of condolence delivered to him and his family by Mabohanday and the APC New Jersey Branch, the muslim cleric did not only spend a lengthy and valuable time appealing to the New Jersey Community to summon courage for the latest death in their midst but also larvisly praised Rev. Kabs-Kanu for the service he is rendering the community through his information news outlet, the COCORIOKO Newspaper.
REV. LEEROY WILFRED KABS-KANU
About the death of his beloved wife, the muslim cleric said it was the will of God. He told the gathering that it was God who lent out his wife to him and it is God’s pleasure to take her back. He religiously philosophied that when somebody lends one something, he has the right to come back to take that thing because he is the rightful owner and the receiver does not question the lender why he took back his property.
The Imam thanked God for giving him his wife whom, he said, rendered valuable services to him as a spouse. He enumerated the many ways that his wife supported him in his regular life and in his service to Allah. He recalled the love, respectfulness, kindness and prayerful attitude of his late wife and comforted the community to continue to have faith in God.
What was most conspicuously remarkable about Imam Savage since his wife died was that he is so steeped in his faith and service to God and community as a clergy that instead being the one to be comforted, he was in fact the one comforting mourners to have courage and to continue putting their faith in God. He said that the parting that death brings is very sad but God does nothing wrong. God gives and he has the right to take back what he has given .
The muslim leader appealed for unity in the community and he called on members to continue supporting one another . He extended thanks separately to the Mabohanday Club and the APC New Jersey Branch for their condolences and support to his family.
Turning to the Rev. Kabs-Kanu, the muslim leader said he will not complete his remarks without mentioning the valuable service the diplomat and journalist was rendering to the New Jersey community. He noted the contribution the Reverend was making in reporting the events happening in New Jersey through which people in Sierra Leone and all over the world were able to follow up what was happening in New Jersey. He said that when his wife died, the COCORIOKO coverage of the bereavement led to him receiving condolence calls from Sierra Leone and all over the world. He stated that people he had lost contact with for decades called him to sympathize with him because of the news report on the death by COCORIOKO.
The Imam lauded Rev. Kabs-Kanu and assured him that many other people in the community appreciated his efforts and he had heard them praising him. He called out his sister whom he described as one of the fans of Cocorioko. He said he perfectly agreed with an article written by the Reverend when he won the GEMS OF AFRICA Award in October , titled : GIVE ME MY FLOWERS WHILE I AM STILL ALIVE. He said that when somebody is yet alive, it was the best time to let him/ her know how much he/ she is appreciated. The Imam said he too received the GEMS OF AFRICA Award , though he did not attend the Awards program. The organizers however came to his masjid to confer the award on him and he said he appreciated the gesture of being give the award because it showed that he was rendering valuable services to the community.
In separate statements, the Mabohanday Club and the President of the APC New Jersey Branch, Mr. Pavi Jalloh , the Secretary General Mr. Alimamy Turay and the Rev. Kabs-Kanu equally commanded Alhaji Savage for his magnificent services to the community in New Jersey. The Imam has helped many people in the community who appreciate his kindness and religious service to them.
HAJA SALLY SAVAGE WAS BURIED LAST SUNDAY AND COCORIOKO PROVIDED FULL COVERAGE OF THE FUNERAL SERVICE AND BURIAL CEREMONY.