Islamic Scholar Cautions Adeleke Against Imposing Chief Imam

Islamic Scholar Cautions Adeleke Against Imposing Chief Imam

An Islamic scholar, Abdulrasaq Amad, has issued a warning to Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, advising him to stay away from the ongoing crisis within the Muslim community in Inisa town.

During a press conference held in Osogbo on Thursday, Amad emphasized the importance of adhering to due process in the selection of a new Chief Imam for Inisa.

The position of Imam in Inisa became vacant following the passing of Imam Surakatu Asiyanbi in July 2020.

It is worth noting that former governor Adegboyega Oyetola temporarily closed down the Inisa Central Mosque in 2021 due to the protracted leadership dispute.

Amad revealed that the matter is currently being addressed by the court, and the delay in adjudicating the case is partly due to the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in the state.

Furthermore, Amad stressed that instead of imposing a Chief Imam, Governor Adeleke should allow knowledgeable indigenes of Inisa, both locally and abroad, to oversee the selection process in accordance with established Islamic protocols.

“We urge the Governor to refrain from involvement in this matter and grant Inisa indigenes the opportunity to carry out the selection process. There are individuals within the community who possess extensive knowledge of how a Chief Imam is traditionally selected, and they should be entrusted with this responsibility,” Amad stated.

He further urged the Olunisa of Inisa and all the chiefs to refrain from interfering in the Chief Imam selection process, emphasizing the importance of adhering to proper Islamic procedures.

“We call for due process, including screening, assessment of qualifications, examinations, and other Islamic protocols, to be followed in the selection of the Imam,” he added.

Tijani Kolawole, one of the contenders who claims to have been appointed as the Chief Imam, recounted that he was officially installed in the morning, but later in the evening, another individual named Alhaji AbdulAkeem was brought in and designated as the Chief Imam.

Kolawole stated that former Governor Gboyega Oyetola had called upon Osun State Imams to resolve the issue surrounding the Chief Imam selection but requested the appointment of a neutral interim Imam.

He further mentioned that they were recently summoned to the State Government Secretariat in Abere by Aderibigbe Rasheed, the Commissioner for Home Affairs.

“To our surprise, despite the ongoing court case, the Commissioner informed us that Governor Adeleke has instructed him to install AbdulAkeem as the Chief Imam,” Kolawole revealed.

He expressed astonishment at the Governor’s involvement, as it was previously believed that he was unaware of the situation. However, during a visit to Inisa, Governor Adeleke performed Jumat prayer and publicly endorsed AbdulAkeem as the Imam.

“We were taken aback when the Governor, along with other members of his government, blatantly disobeyed the court order restraining Alhaji Abdulhakeem from leading prayers at Inisa Central Mosque,” Kolawole added.

He concluded by cautioning the public, particularly the Inisa Muslim community, to be wary of the actions of those seeking to impose their will and undermine the judicial process.


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