The Egba Muslim Community on Friday, held her Special Jumat Service to commemorate the 34th edition of the Lisabi Festival

The Special Service which was witnessed by the Chief Host of the Festival and the Alake of Egbaland;  Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo as well as other Egba traditional rulers including the Agura of Gbagura took place at the  Central Mosque,  Kobiti,  Abeokuta

In his Sermon at the occassion, the Alfa Tafsir of Egbaland, Imam Amolegbe likened Lisabi as an Egba nationalist, a patriot, and a selfless man who sacrificed everything he had to liberate Egbaland from its oppressors

Imam Amolegbe recalled that Islam strongly recommended patriotism and compassion for one’s community, adding that the celebration of Lisabi and other Egba Heroes and Heroines is a compliance to the will of Almighty Allah

The Imam also said that Lisabi would continue to be a rallying point of the Egba Nation just as the current Alake had been doing everything to bring all Egbas at home and abroad together for enduring progress and prosperity of Egbaland

Earlier in his welcome address, the Agbaakin of Egbaland and Baba Adeen of Egbaland; Chief Rasheed Raji stated that the Special Jumat Thanksgiving Service was part of Egba Muslims’ contributions to the celebration of Unity, advancement, and Patriotism of the Egba Nation

He added that the Egba Muslim Community loved and identified with  things that had to do with development, love, and unity which is why the Community will be partaking in the building of the New Abeokuta City Hall

He then commended the Alake for continuity in the remembrance of Lisabi and those who have contributed immensely to the development of Egbaland, Ogun State, and Nigeria as a whole

In his festival message to the Egba Muslim Community and all others, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo called on the Egbas to sustain mutual cooperation, patriotism, and understanding with other Egba compatriots to make the Egba Nation greater and better

The Alake noted that it was in line with the patriotism and selflessness of Lisabi  that our forefathers in 1930 built the Abeokuta Centenary Hall to mark  100 years of Egba settlement and survival in the area

The Egba Monarch also enjoined every Egba citizen to emulate the patriotism and selflessness of Lisabi as our forefathers did

The Alake then added that many important personalities would be attending the Grand Finale of the Lisabi Festival, including the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, he also disclosed that the former Governor had already donated 10 million naira towards the new Abeokuta City Hall Project while other Egbas had also been contributing various sums towards an earlier completion of the Project

Sheik Iskeel Adisa; the Wakeelul Muslimeen of Yoruba, Edo and Delta State in his speech, commended the Alake for always supporting good conducts and condemning bad ones

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Other Traditional Rulers present were; Olu of Itori; Oba Abdul Fatai Akamo, Oniro-Nojeem Aro Maye of Iron, Olu Owode; Oba Kolawole Sowemimo,  Onijaiye Papa and Olu Onigbedu

Egba Dignitaries present at the occasion included Olori (Dr) Tokunbo Gbadebo, Agura of Gbagura; Oba Saburi Bakre had his Olori, Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele, Seriki Tosin Fadare, Asiwaju Maxwell Ayinla, Akogun Adebayo Soyoye,  Asiwaju Onimoero Akanni, Asiwaju Baasegun Odulate Alabukun, Baamowe (Prof) Ajao Adelekan, Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode


Muslim Chiefs included Seriki Abdulateef Abiola, Bada Sheriff Ogunrinde,  Bashorun Sakiru Akingbade, Sheikh Al-imam Iskeel Adisa MuhAwwal and many others

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