The Inauguration of the Egba Muslim Community’s Grand Imam, Sheikh Saadallah Bamigbola, was rounded off on Thursday with Royal Luncheon at the Ake Palace immediately after the turbanning at the Egba Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta.
The luncheon which which was specially hosted by Oba Adedotun Gbadebo to honour the Egba Apex Spiritual Leader, was attended by Egba Muslim Community Women Leader, Princess Khadijat Kuburat Adebesi Elegbede alias CashMadam as the the distinguished guest.
Welcoming the Sheikh Sa’ad Bamigbola, the Egba Paramount Ruler congratulated him for his perseverance in serving the immediate past Imam with total dedication and commitment even to the point of perseverance, without expecting that he would one day step into shoes of his boss to continue the legacy of unity in Egbaland.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo noted that the Chief Imam should now add value to that legacy of unity, cohesion and total understanding among the Muslim faithfuls and their counterparts in other beliefs.
The Alake noted with total satisfaction, that his selection had been most cordial and should therefore seize the opportunity to lead by equity, justice and compassion as exampled by the Holy Prophet Mohammed, (SWA).
The Alake compared the Egba Grand Imam with the Holy Prophet Mohammed, who albeit unlettered, yet produced a most poetic and philosophical holy book as guide to mankind, adding that the new Chief Imam didn’t attend a formal western education school, yet he was a polyglot in Queen’s English, Arabic and French. According to the Alake, this was alongside his being a businessman and religious icon like the Great Prophet.
In her remarks, the Ogun and Egba Muslim Women leader, Iya Suna Adebisi Edionseri, said that the new Chief Imam had been well known to her for his dynamism and dedication to Islamic service under the tutelage of the Great Islamic legendary Teacher and Preacher, Sheikh Adam El-Ilory.
Princess Adebisi CashMadam said she was not surprised that Chief Imam Bamigbola rose to the pinnacle of Egba Muslim Community.
The Iya Suna of Egba and Ogun State, therefore admonished him to be a leader in the mould of his Role Model Sheikh Adam El-Ilory.
Responding, Sheikh Sa’ad Bamigbola appreciated the goodwill and love extended to him by the Alake and the Iya Suna of Egba and Ogun State, pledging that he would sustain and add value to the legacy of his role models, Adam El-Ilory and Sheikh Liadi Orunsolu’s quality leadership, devoid of rancour and acrimony in and outside of Egbaland.
Sheikh Sa’ad Bamigbola also disclosed that his mechanised farming project, in Abeokuta, was at an advanced stage.
The Egba Grand Imam further disclosed that he had acquired 5,000 hectares of agricultural land to massively produce rice, cassava yam and other food items in commercial quantities.
He told the Alake that his intention was to support the Alake’s clarion calls on the Egbas to improve on Egba economy.
He said the project would also create jobs for many Egba young men and women in the area.
Olori Alake, (Dr) Tokunbo Gbadebo, Egba High Chiefs and Muslim women business leaders from Abeokuta and Lagos were present at the occasion.
They included the Balogun Egba and New Apase Adeen Egba, Chief Sikirullah Atobayele; the Asiwaju Babalaje, OgoOluwa Bankole; Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale; the Asiwaju Baamofin, Sunday Oduntan, Bobatolu, Mathew Koleoso and Aare Baaroyin, Olootu Layi Labode.
Some Egba Business Women and Chiefs from Lagos included the Iyalate, Alhaja Kudirat Awopeju; the Iyaloja Oshodi, Lagos, Alhaja Sakirat Ejide Adeyanju among others.
The Egba Grand Imam was accompanied to the luncheon by some notable clerics including the Wakilu Muslumeen of Egba, Yoruba, Delta and Edo States, Sheikh Iskeel Awal Sugar.