By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The newly elected chairman of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Edo State Chapter Alhaji Abdulazeez Igbinidu, has vowed to pursue peace and harmony among Muslims in the State.
Alhaji Igbinidu spoke to journalists on Friday shortly before the Juma’t service at the Benin Central Mosque.
He charged Muslims to rededicate their lives to the service of Allah by ensuring justice, equity and fairness in all their dealings.
He also said that the 21st Century Muslims have the challenge of guiding their respective Communities and the global Community to the path of truth by being exemplary in their conducts as that is the commandment of Allah.
He stated that a good Muslim is that who besides calling people to the service of God and humanity must demonstrate same by doing good and shunning evil.
The State NSCIA leader, noted that as part of the objective of propagating Islam across Edo State.
He promised that his executive will outline programmes aimed at building capacity of Muslim in the State for better service to Almighty Allah.
He solicited the cooperation and support of every Edo Muslim Umah just as he premised to carry everybody along in his scheme of operation.
“I and my team will leverage on the valuable experiences of my predecessors in office, we will build on their achievements while improving on areas that require improvement.
“We will be democratic in our dealings as much as we are committed to the spread of Islam to the nooks and crannies of Edo state and by the grace of God, we shall achieve success in this regard” he stressed.
He used the opportunity to sue for peace and cooperation among Muslim Umah just as he charged them to shun disunity and come together as one as enjoined by Almighty Allah (SWT) in the Holy Qur’an.
He expressed happiness that the imamship crisis that rocked the Benin Central Mosque some time ago had been resolved just as he expressed the executive’s commitment to resolving any misunderstandings amongst the Muslim Umah wherever they existed in the State.
He commended the Otaru of Auchi Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh Ikelebe III, Aidonojie of South Ibie Alhaji Kelvin Danesi and other traditional and religious leaders who contributed to the emergence of the present NSCIA executive, assuring that they will not disappoint them.
The newly elected executives has Sheik Suleiman Momoh as 1st Vice Chairman, Mall. Suleiman Ikhuoria, 2nd Vice Chairman, and Ustaz Oshomhogho Abubakar as its General Secretary.
The Local Government Area Chapters of NSCIA would be inaugurated at a date that is yet to be announce for proper Coordination of its activities across the State.