Mosque Commissioning in Abeokuta: Sultan Urges Unity Among Muslims
Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Saad Abubakar on Friday commissioned the Nawair-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria’s National Central Mosque in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, 34 years after its foundation was laid.
The foundation of the mosque was laid in 1984, but the completion dragged on due to paucity of fund.
Speaking at the well-attended commissioning, the Sultan said there should not be concerned over the dragging of the project, but rather it should be accepted as time allotted for its completion by Allah.
Among prominent personalities who graced the occasion were the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, the Registrar of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede.
Others are, a member representing Egbado South and Ipokia Federal Constituency, Adekunle Akinlade, President of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Alhaji Sakariyau Babalola, the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Alhaji Liadi Orunsolu.
The first class monarch warned against divisions among Muslims organizations, saying Muslims’ togetherness has paid off over the years.
Sultan said “As Muslims, we should belong to all the Muslim organisations. There should not be any division or any discrepancies because we are Muslims first before any other thing.
“And that’s what we have been preaching in the last 12 years. Alhammdullilahi, we have come along way and we have seen the result of our being together as brothers and sisters in Islam.
“I want to thank all of you who contributed in these 34 years. This mosque would not have been completed before now because this is the time Almighty Allah said it’s going to be completed.”
He commended the resilience and commitment of the leadership of the society to have completed the project.
Amosun who equally saluted tenacity of leadership of Nawair-Ud-Deen for the completion of the mosque, made personal donation of N10 million.
In his short speech, Oloyede asked members of the society to bequeath on their children teachings of Islamic knowledge and values with a view to sustaining the religion.
He equally insisted that only children with sound Islamic knowledge, moral and values would maintain such a sprawling mosque.
On his part, the Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Sakariyau Babalola who is the Deputy President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) the society has contributed and lifted the “public perception of Muslims in Yorubaland.”
The President of the society, Alhaji Rasak Oladejo attributed the successful completion of the mosque to the “immense contribution of friends and members of the society.”