Epe division installs Sheikh Sadallah as grand chief imam
The Chief Imam of First Epe Central Mosque, Okebalogun, Fadheelat Sheikh Imam Sadallah Abiola Abdul Rahman Aliru has been turbaned as the Grand Chief Imam and President-General, League of Imams and Alfas, Epe Division.
The turbaning ceremony, held at the First Epe Central Mosque, Okebalogun, followed Lagos State governments confirmation of the appointment by the State Ministry of Home Affairs.
While performing the turbaning, the President General, League of Imams and Alfas, Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Fadheelat Sheikh Jamiu Keulere, noted that Sheikh Sadallah deserved the position for his knowledge and contributions towards the development of Islam in Epe division and environs.
He implored the Muslim community in the division to support and cooperate with him to achieve the religious task he is saddled with. He prayed Allah to bless the position and give him the knowledge and wisdom to unite the ummah. “Today’s turbaning ceremony of Imam Sadallah is ordained by Allah, he deserved the honour. I, therefore, seek your unceasing support and prayers for him for a successful tenure,” he said.
Chief Imam of Oke-Iposu Ratibi Mosque, Alhaji Imam Abdul Hafees Awesu, highlighted the five criteria considered by the state government in the selection of the Grand Chief Imam in the state which, according to him, include the first central mosque built in the division, the zone where Islam was first introduced, possession of the staff of office by the Imam as well as the knowledge of Islam and the first Imam to embark on Holy pilgrimage to Mecca.
He disclosed that the installed Grand Chief Imam satisfied all the criteria.
Speaking on why the venue earlier announced for the ceremony was changed, Imam Awesu disclosed that the turbaning was moved to the First Epe Central Mosque on the advice of the government and security agents to prevent security breakdown. He explained that: “The Ijebu-Epe community continued the yearly Kilajolu Masquerade Festival on Sunday and as law abiding citizens and to prevent the breakdown of law and order, we heeded the call of the government and the security agents.”
The Otun Seriki of Epe Kingdom, High Chief Musliudeen Odedeogboro, who congratulated the new Grand Chief Imam, stated that the new title is an honour well deserved. He called on him to work with other Chief Imams and Ulamas in the division so that peace, progress and development can be achieved.
In his words, the Noeeb Imam of First Epe Central Mosque, Sheikh Shefiu Tukuru, commended the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, his Deputy, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, and the entire cabinet for their swift intervention and commitment in maintaining law and order in the state.
Speaking after the turbanning, the new Grand Chief Imam expressed gratitude to God and the Lagos State government for the honour done him.
He promised to use his position to unite the Muslim community in the division, noting that no community thrives in an atmosphere of disunity and infighting. He, therefore, called on all Muslims in the area to join him for a successful reign.
“I will use my position to preach peace among the Muslims in the division and environs, I therefore seek your unwavering supports and cooperation so that together we can achieve success,” he assured.
The event was well attended by prominent personalities, including the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Imam Sadallah Agboola; Dir’ul Quadriyyah of Africa, Dr. Sheu Abdulkadir Jimoh Garkuwan; His Royal Majesty, Oba Shefiu Olatunji Adewale, the Olu-Epe of Epe Kingdom; Wakeel Muslimun of Yoruba Land, Edo and Delta, Sheikh Dr. Iskeel Lawal Sugar.
At the event were also chief imams from the division including the Chief Imams of Ibonwon, Ejirin/Ikosi, Lekki, Ayandolu, Poka among others.