The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has told the new Egba Grand Imam, Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola, not to see himself as Chief Imam of the Egbas alone.
Rather, according to Governor Abiodun, the Egba Chief Imam should see himself as the spiritual father of every citizen of Ogun State as well as an influential Statesman in the State and Nigeria.
Governor Abiodun who was receiving the new Egba Imam in his office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, on Wednesday, noted the cordial relationship that had existed between himself and the immediate past Chief Imam of Egbaland on one hand and Egba Muslim Community and the entire Ogun Muslims on the other.
The Governor said he was satisfied about the peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians, alongside people of other faiths.
Gov. Abiodun therefore called on the new Egba Imam to follow the excellent example of the Holy Prophet Mohammed by treating Muslims and people of other beliefs equally, justly, and fairly.
He also prayed that Almighty Allah would grant him the strength and wisdom to uphold the unity and love among Egba Muslims, and enhance the development of the Muslim Communities in the State.
Prince Dapo Abiodun further urged that the Egba Muslim Communities adhere strictly to the Federal Government directives on the prevention of the spread of the Covid19 Pandemic during this period of Eid Celebration, adding that partying or any other form of gathering should not exceed twenty persons at a time.
The Egba Apex Imam, Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola, appreciated the Ogun State Governor for his support for the entire Egba Muslim Community and to the immediate past Chief Imam.
He further pledged to sustain the support and collaboration of the Muslim community in the development of Ogun State.
Newsflagship Online also learnt that the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, upon receiving the news, congratulated the Egba Muslim community for choosing Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola as the Chief Imam without any disagreements.
Oba Gbadebo further urged the Chief Imam to sustain the image of unity and love in the Egba Muslim Community.
The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and a few other political office holders, were also present to receive the new Egba Imam.
Sheikh Sa’ad Bamigbola was accompanied by few members of the Egba Muslim Community including the BabaAdeen of Egbaland, Chief Rasheed Raji; the Olori Ratibi of Egbaland, Sheikh Dauda Afuwape; the Aare Baaroyin, Chief Layi Labode; the Imam of Oke-Ona, Alhaji Musiliu Nosir; Gbagura Imam, Prof. Kamar Balogun; Imam of Owu, Alhaji Suleiman A. Kehinde; the Mufasir of Egbaland, Sheikh Taofeek Amolegbe; the Wakeelul Muslimeen of Yoruba, Edo and Delta States, Sheikh Awwal and others.