By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The newly installed Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Dawud Makanjuola Akinola has been admonished to see his new position as an opportunity to lift Islam to greater heights and to be committed to the task of leading by example at all times.
This was part of the admonitions given to the Ibadan-based businessman who was installed at the weekend in Ibadan as the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, following the
demise of Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-
Alao, who was the last holder, on June 17,
Among the dignitaries at the occasion were Governors Abiola Ajimobi of
Oyo State and his State of Osun counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu and Michael Adeyemo, the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly.
Also present were Alhaja Aminat Abiodun,
the Iyalode of Ibadanland, Yekini Adeojo,
Sheikh Jamiu Bello, President-General,
League of Imams and Alfas of Yorubaland,
Edo and Delta States and Adebayo
Adelabu, Deputy Governor, Central Bank
Others were Seyi Makinde, Sheikh
Muyideen Bello as well as politicians and
Islamic clerics across the country.
Speaking at the installation, former
Governor of Lagos State and the leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was the Chairman of the occasion, praised the late
Alh. Arisekola-Alao, saying he was
wealthy, humble and very generous in during
Tinubu, who was represented by
Governor Ajimobi, urged the new Aare to
emulate the leadership style of late Arisekola-Alao, whom he said devoted all
he had to the uplift of Islam and
Similarly, Ajimobi, in his own remarks, called on Muslims to establish schools where
children could learn morals, and vocations
to cope with the challenges of life.
He urged Alh. Akinola to prepare for greater challenges as the new Aare, saying late Alh. Arisekola-Alao was a rare breed whose leadership acumen and generosity transcended Yorubaland.
“Anytime I look at the man to be turbaned today, I pity him because he would have to devote all he has to justify his new leadership status,” Ajimobi noted.
In his speech, Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), urged Alh. Akinola to see his new position a call to selfless service to humanity.
The Sultan, who was represented by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Secretary-General, NSCIA, said his new position was to rally the Imams for the development of Islam.
He commended the League of Imams and Alfas in the South-West for maintaining harmonious relationship and
cooperation in the development of the religion at all times.
Abubakar stressed the need for the teaching of religious studies from the primary school level to secondary school, saying lack of this had bred indiscipline.
In his sermon, Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory, the Rector of Agege, Lagos-based MORCAZ , said that the assignment of the Aare Musulumi was a great one that
required devotion and absolute commitment.
He called on the new Aare Musulumi to be committed to the task and lead by example at all times, urging him to emulate the great leadership style of his predecessor and late MKO Abiola.
While responding in his acceptance speech, Alh. Akinola pledged to serve in the new capacity with all he was endowed with by God and would never let the people down.
He said he would work in harmony with all Islamic title holders to improve on the legacy left behind by the late Arisekola-Alao during his life time.
The new Aare Musulumi, however, sought the cooperation of all Islamic organisations as well as the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria in fostering unity among the faithfuls.
The turbanning was performed by the representative of the President-General, of NSCIA in conjunction with the President-General, League of Imams and Alfas, while the certificate and Staff of Office was presented to him by Governor Aregbesola.