The Islamic clerics under the aegis of League of Imams and Alfa in Ogun State, have hailed the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for making the welfare of the Muslim Ummah a top priority of his administration.
The clerics particularly lauded the governor for the empowerment scheme which has taken over three hundred Muslim youths and two hundred widows out of poverty.
The Secretary General of the League in the state and the Grand Imam of Yewaland, Sheikh Sikirulahi Babalola, made this disclosure at the installation of a former deputy governor in the state, Alhaja Salmot Badru, as Iya Adeen of Ogun at the weekend, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Babalola added that the governor has made it his responsibility to make life more abundant for muslim youths in the state by empowering ten of of them on a monthly basis.
“Governor Dapo Abiodun has shown Muslim faithful in the state natural love, he has been going around performing his duty with royalty.
“His amazing generosity of empowering two hundred Muslim widows and over three hundred Muslim youths is highly commendable, he gave us money to empower ten Muslim youths monthly, we are happy with his leadership qualities,” he said.
Speaking, the Baba Adeen of Ososa town, Alhaji Adebola Adegunwa,
congratulated the former deputy governor on her installation as the Iya Adeen of the state, charging her to be trustworthy and not mix politics with her new office.
In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Gbagura, Prof. Kamaldeen Balogun, urged Badru to continue to put God first in all she does, charging her to chart a course and have a strategic plan for her new role.
He said that as the Iya Adeen of the state, Badru should be exemplary and have sincerity of purpose.
The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, assured the League that the new Iya Adeen would not disappoint the clerics, reiterating that sons and daughters of Yewaland are solidly behind the governor.
In his remarks, the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, while saying that his administration has not been biased with its appointment, noted that his administration would not promote anyone because of his or her religious affiliations.
“In our appointments, we have not exhibited any form of bias or undue support in the choice of the people we have appointed. We will not promote anyone or otherwise because of religious affiliation,” he said.
The governor, who congratulated the Badru on her installation as the Iya Adeen of Ogun State, described her as an epitome of of integrity, humility and a dependable woman.
Responding, Badru said that she would continue to contribute her quota towards the development of the state, calling on the people of the state to continue to support the present administration in the state.