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MUSWEN Begins Mosques Census In S’West

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 12:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yaqoub Popoola


The Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria (MUSWEN) has said that the body would soon commence enumeration of mosques in the region.

President of MUSWEN, Alhaji  Sakariyau Babalola  disclosed this when he led the delegation of the organisation to the newly elected President-General of League of Imams and Alfas in South-West, Edo and Delta States, Alhaji Kewulere Bello, who is also the grand Imam of Ekiti State .

Babalola also used the occasion to canvass 100 per cent enrolment of Muslim children in schools. He said the call became necessary in view of the enormous importance of education to human development and the society.

“It is our belief that access to quality and balanced education for Muslim children is an area that the Muslim ummah must pursue with unmatched vigour.

“The ummah cannot afford to remain behind and watch while the rest of the world makes rapid progress by virtue of good education,” he said.

Babalola said the team was in Ado-Ekiti to congratulate the new President-General as well as show solidarity and supports for his term.

According to him, MUSWEN was formed to promote Islamic religion as well as advance the course of its adherents.

Babalola added that part of the group’s mandates was to carry out enumeration of all Mosques in the zone so as to know their locations and state of needs.

In his remarks, President Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Ekiti State, Alhaji Yakubu Sanni assured that Ekiti Muslims would, going by the appointment of an Ekiti as President, give every support to MUSWEN.

He called for the improvement of the teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Schools. Noting that dearth of such teachers is a great setback for Muslims.

He also used the occasion to seek more representation of Muslims in government in Ekiti.

Responding, the new President-General expressed gratitude for the visit and promised to promote unity among Muslim faithful.

He said he would also accommodate all Muslim organisations in the operations of the league.

A Member of MUSWEN BOT and Alara of Aramoko, Oba Olu Adeyemi urged the new President-General to be guided by the challenges of leadership and make devotion and commitment to the cause of leadership his watch word.

On low representation of Muslims in government, Oba Adeyemi said that appointment into political positions did not depend on religion but on level of participation.

He therefore urged Muslims to participate in the activities of the party of their choice and support the party financially.

The delegation to the new president of MUSWEN included Professor Daud Noibi (Ibadan); Professor Opeloye (Osun); Professor Amao (Ogun); and veteran columnist, Dr Femi Abbas.