Shelkh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri, has been appointed the new Chief Imam for the Muslim Community in Ibadan.
Mr. Abubakri, who is the 18th Chief Imam of Ibadanland, replaced Sheikh Baosari Suara Haruna, the former Chief Imam who died on April 9 at the age of 93 after serving for 20 years.
Unveiling the new Chief Imam at a news conference on Wednesday in Ibadan, Bayo Oyero, the Chairman, Ibadan Muslim Community, said Mr. Abubakri’s appointment followed due process.
He said that the Muslim Community in Ibadan in conjunction with the Imam-in-Council of Ibadanland unanimously approved and ratified Mr. Abubakri’s appointment.
“Abubakri is an inspiring preacher, who up till this time occupied the position of Alfa Agba of Ibadanland.
“His appointment as the Chief Imam of Ibadan land was well received by all without any grudge,’’ Mr. Oyero said.
Mr. Oyero said the new Chief Imam would be turbaned at a grand ceremony on May 15 at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
The 80-year old new Chief Imam is an Arabic and Islamic teacher.
In his address, Mr. Abubakri, promised to strengthen the existing unity and progress of Muslims in the city and solicited the support of Muslims in Ibadan.
He said the announcement of his appointment was unique in the history of Imamship in Ibadan as there was formal pronouncement and unanimous decision of all stakeholders.
Dignitaries present at the occasion were Prof. Dawud Noibi, Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, and Lateef Oyelade, Asiwaju Musulumi of Yorubaland.
Others were Ishaq Sanni, Chairman Muslim Community of Oyo State, Sekinat Adekola, Iya Adini of Yorubaland, Yekini Adeojo, Seriki Musulumi of Yorubaland, Islamic titled holders, scholars and Muslim groups.