Edo State Islamic Council Gets new executive, Igbinidu returns as Chairman

By Hameed Braimah

The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Edo State chapter also known as Edo State Council for Islamic Affairs has elected a new executive to pilot its affairs for the next three years.

The election which saw the return of the incumbent Chairman Alhaji Abdulazeez Igbinidu to the saddle also saw the emergence of Muhammad Muzzamil as General Secretary, while Imam Suleiman Momoh and Dr Suleiman Ikhuoria emerged 1st and 2nd Vice Chairmen respectively of the Apex Islamic organization in the State.

Other members of the new executive include; Shuaib Atamah, Asst. Sec. Gen.
Ahmed Evbareke -Treasurer, Hussein Momoh-Fin Sec., Idris Orobor -Asst. Fin Sec, Abdulkabir Eranga -Publicity Sec., Luqman Abdulqadir-Asst. Publicity Sec., Buhari Aidaghese -Org Sec.

The rest officers are Ilyas Iyegbekedo – Dawah Officer-Edo South, Abdulrasheed Jatto – Dawah Officer- Edo Central, Harum Umar – Chief Dawah Officer – Edo North, Abubakar Oshomogho -Dawah.Officer -Edo North, Musa Uduimoh -PRO- Edo North, Ismail Enabulele – PRO- Edo South, and Barr. A. O Yusuf who emerged Legal Adviser to the Islamic body, among others.

The election which held during the organization’s Annual General Meeting at the Central Mosque, Benin City was supervised by a seven-man Shura Committee following the nomination of persons found worthy to fill the vacant offices in EDSCIA.

Speaking before the election, Alhaji Igbinidu praised the Otaru of Auchi, Alh. Aliru Momoh, Vice President General NSCIA, representing Edo state for his fatherly role towards the organization

He also showered encomium on Alh. Muhammad Ali aka Muhammed Furniture for the palliative donation and support during the Covid -19 era.

Alh. Igbinidu commended the Elders Council and the sub reconciliation committee headed by Alh..Musa Sule, for their resilience in the face of the grievances that rocked the body some times past.

Mallam Salim Salam and Barr.Nurudeen Asunogie who both took turn to admonish and give goodwill messages respectively to the house, sued for understanding, cooperation and peaceful co-existence among Islamic faithful in the State.

The newly elected officers there after took the Bai”ah {pledge} of allegiance which was administered to them by Alh.Yusuf Bako as directed by the Elders. However, before the Bai”ah, the old paralel excos led by Alh. Igbinidu and Nurudeen Asunogie were dissolved by the house after Alh. Bako Yusuf moved motion for the dissolution.

In his acceptance speech, the Chairman Abdulazeez Igbinidu promised to do his best in the propagation of Islam in the state. He expressed appreciation to the Musa Sule led elders council for its relentless effort at reconciling aggrieved parties in the run up to the AGM/handover programme.

He urged all stakeholders who played different roles in bringing about the peace so far enjoyed by all not to back off, but continue in their honourable and commendable behaviour.

The SSA on religious matter who represented Gov.Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki at the event gave the goodwill message of the governor whom he said would have loved to be there but was absent due some other engagement.

Dr. Abdulmajid Momoh represented the Otaru of Auchi at the session which also marked the end of the division in the body that resulted in factional leadership in the organization..

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