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‘Most senior deputy should be appointed Chief Imam of Okene’

The El-Birru Muslim Association of Nigeria (EMAN) has recommended the appointment of the most senior of the five deputy chief imams at the Ebira Central…

The El-Birru Muslim Association of Nigeria (EMAN) has recommended the appointment of the most senior of the five deputy chief imams at the Ebira Central Mosque, Okene, Kogi State to become the substantive chief imam of the mosque. 

The association said that was the only measure to resolve the lingering crisis over the selection of a new chief imam for the mosque.

This was contained in a letter made available to Daily Trust on Sunday in Lokoja, which was jointly signed by the National Ameer, Abdulyekeen Mamman, and national secretary, Salahudeen Ustaz Yunus, and addressed to the Task Force Committee (TFC), Council of Ulama’u of Nigeria, Kogi State branch.

The statement reads, “We hereby plead to the committee to look into the remote and immediate causes of the crisis and nip it in the bud because Allah enjoins justice on Muslims – that any time the imamship position becomes vacant in the Ebira Central Mosque (as it is currently), the deputy chief imams should be given priority in choosing and appointing a successor.

“Currently, there are five deputy chief imams, each representing one of the local government council in the centre.

“If the most senior deputy imam demonstrates the requisite knowledge and leadership qualities for the post, he should be appointed, but if he is found deficient, his other colleagues should be put to test.”

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