Egba Muslim Clerics and faithfuls are to experience new deals and dispensation under the new Imam of Egbaland.
These new deals and dispensation include new positive and corporate image for Muslim clerics, encouragement of the Clerics to be gainfully self-employed, Egbaland Muslim Organizations’ engagement in Mechanized farming for internally Generated Revenue, Singing of Egba Muslim Anthem before commencement of any Islamic occasion, and running an all inclusive and understanding leadership.
The new Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’adullah Bamigbola, disclosed this in his vision and mission statements, when receiving a Goodwill Delegation of the Balogun Egba Muslims, Alhaji AbdulKadir Orunsolu, at his Iporo, Abeokuta residence.
Sheikh Sa’ad Bamigbola explained that there was an urgent need for Muslim Clerics to cut a contentment and non materialistic image in discharging their religious duties and other obligations, adding that “some few of them” behaving in unacceptable ways, would no longer be tolerated.
The new Imam noted that the Holy Prophet, Mohammed (SAW), was a Supreme Religious Leader, Head of State and a Law Giver, alongside being a Merchant throughout his life.
According to the Egba Grand Imam, Prophet Noah (AW), was a Ship Builder, and Captain, alongside being a farmer with full knowledge of husbandry just as Prophet Isa (AW), was a carpenter before going fully on God’s mission.
The new Imam therefore argued that all these great Prophets of Allah should be emulated by the Egba Clerics thereby removing the notion of begging, discontentment and being materialistic.
Sheikh Sa’ad also further told the Balogun Egba Muslims’ delegation that plans were at advanced stage to create employment opportunities for willing Egba Clerics and Muslims in large scale farming, adding that 2,000 hectares of land had been acquired for plantation of cotton, and 5,000 hectares for rice, and 1,400 acres of land had been acquired for other agricultural productions.
He further disclosed that consultation and agreements with foreign experts and partners in the proposed mechanized farming in Egbaland Muslim Organizations’ new mission is being implemented.
He reassured all Muslim faithfuls and leaders that his own administration would be consultative, open, and inclusive on all issues concerning the welfare of Muslims in Egbaland and elsewhere.
On social issues, Imam Sheikh Bamigbola said that he had composed an acceptable Egba Muslim Organisations Anthem, (Gbogbo Ilu Egba, Oloun Maje O Baje; Amin…), which would be observed at all Islamic occasions.
He added that the song was both a prayer and a pledge for unity among the Egba Muslims.
The Egba Grand Imam thanked Balogun of Egba Muslims, Chief AbdulKadir Orunsolu and all EgbaAlake Muslim Chiefs and Communities for their love and cooperation, adding that that was the first time, such a letter would come from EgbaAlake Muslims to a New Imam of Egbaland.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the Balogun Egba Goodwill Delegation, Olotu Adeen Egba, Olootu Adeen Layi Labode, had delivered a letter of Goodwill Support and Cooperation, to the new Imam.
The Goodwill Message which was signed by Chief Abdilkadri Orunsolu, the Balogun, the Seriki, High Chief Lateef Ayoola, and the Secretary of Egba Alake Muslims, Alhaji Afolabi Dauda, expressed support and cooperation with the new Imam, based on mutual cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect.
The Balogun Egba Alake Muslims’ Delegation to the New Chief Imam of Egbaland, led by Olootu Adeen Layi Labode, were, Vice Chairman, Alhaji Okanlawon Asiniwuyi, the Secretary, Alhaji Dauda Afolabi, the financial Secretary, Alhaji Ololade Olalekan, Alhaji Saubana Oguniyo, the Osin Toko, Alhaji Muideen Ajila Olusesi, the Aare of Igbore; Alhaji Lateef Odebunmi, the Bashorun of Emere, Alhaji Ismail Ayinde, the Seriki of Iporo.