It was a galore of advice from senior citizens, opinion leaders and traditional rulers as the new Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola was formally installed on Thursday, on the 23rd of July, 2020, at the Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta.
Virtually all the important personalities, that spoke at the turbaning ceremony, advised the new Imam to premise his leadership on tolerance, understanding and all inclusive leadership.
The Former Nigerian President and Balogun of Owu, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, commended the new Imam of Egbaland for his already established image of unity and love.
Chief Obasanjo urged the Imam to continue in good deeds and uplifting of Islamic brotherhood in Egbaland and beyond.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, also congratulated the new Egba Apex Imam, praying that he would live long to witness greater developments in Egbaland and Ogun State in general.
Oba Gbadebo further admonished Sheikh Bamigbola to sustain the unity and Islamic brotherhood of the Egba Muslim Community, adding that the strength and cooperation needed to fast track the greater development of the Egba nation lies within their unity.
The Mudeerul Markaz of Agege, Lagos, Fadilat Sheikh Muh’d Habeebullah Al-Ilory, delivering a sermon at the occasion, pointed out that the three most important virtues to be exhibited by the new Egba Imam is patience, tolerance, and understanding in all aspects of his leadership.
Sheikh Habeeb added that the new Imam should abstain form negative advices and disagreements as well as listen to other opinions before making conclusions on all issues.
He also prayed that Almighy Allah would grant him the strength and wisdom to lead the Egba Muslim faithfuls to a greater and prosperous condition.
Delivering a lecture at the occasion, the Mufasir of Egbaland, Alhaji Taofeek Amolegbe, advised the new Imam to follow the laid down principles of the holy prophet Muhammad by being a servant leader, adding that, patience, tolerance, commitment, equity and justice should be the hallmark of his leadership of the Egba Ummah.
Sheikh Amolegbe noted that it was only humility, perseverance, ability to listen and accommodate alternative views and piety could make his apex leadership of the Egba Muslim Community a resounding success.
Earlier in his welcome address, the BabaAdeen of Egbaland, Chief Rasheed Raji, noted that he is confident in Sheikh Bamigbola’s appointment as Chief Imam, adding that the Imam would work together with the government and the Egbaland Muslim Communities to foster the unity and cohesive understanding for the greater good of Egbaland and Ogun State.
He prayed that Allah grants him long life to serve the Egba Muslim Communities.
Dignitaries present at the occasion included the representative of the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Alhaji Saka; a representative of the former Ogun State Governor and current Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, the Managing Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu, and others.
Egba High Chiefs included the Eekerin and Sultan of Owu, Chief M. Ola Yusuf, the Balogun of Egbaland, Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, the Baamowe of Egbaland, Chief Ajayi Adelekan, to mention a few.
Muslim dignitaries present at the occasion included the Chief Imam of Ijebu-Ode, Sheikh Imam G. Ayanbadejo; Chief Imam of Remoland, Sheikh Al-Imam Abdulquadri Junaid; the Aranse Adeen of Egba Muslims and Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji (Chief) Tajudeen Adisa Olori; the Wakeelul Muslimeen of Yoruba, Edo, and Delta States, Alhaji Iskeel Adisa Muh-Awwal; the Balogun of Egba Muslims, Alhaji Abdulquadri Orunsolu; Alhaji S. A. Asubiaro, the Otun of Egba Muslims; Alhaji Tajudeen Adisa, the Osi Muslumi of Egbaland, and many more.
The Egba Muslim Organisation leaders and members of the turbaning ceremony planning Committee included Sheikh Salisu A. Adenekan; Imam Musa Olomu, Chief Imam of Ijaye; Olotu Layi Labode, Chairman of the Planning Committee; Alhaji Daud Toriola, Treasurer; Imam Daud Afuwape; Imam Khalid Alawoki; Alhaji Tunji Kalejaiye, Secretary; Imam T. A. Adeosun, Assistant Secretary; Alhaji Ismail Muraina, Financial Secretary; Alhaji Annasry Sharafa, Alhaji S. A. Akingbade, and others.
Egba Women Muslim leaders present at the ceremony included the Iya Sunna of Egbaland, Alhaja Khadijat Adebisi Ediosere; Alhaja Monsurat Bankole, the Iya Adinni of Egbaland; Alhaja Risikat Ogunfemi, the Otun Iya Sunna of Egbaland; Alhaja Safurat Biobaku, the Osi Iya Sunna of Egbaland; Alhaja Simiat Biobaku, the Eekerin Iya Sunna of Egbaland among others.