Osun: Again, crisis brews in Inisa as Muslim group rejects new Imam 


Another crisis is brewing at Inisa in Odo-Otin local government of Osun state as the Inisa Muslim Elites Association (IMEA) accused Governor Ademola Adeleke of imposing an Imam on them and vowed to reject the imposition.

Addressing members of Correspondents Chapel in Osogbo, Thursday, the group led by its chairman, Alhaji Kasali Adeyemo, said “It is unheard of that a secular government chooses to impose a Chief Imam on a community.”

The group noted that there is a pending suit before the court, thereby making the installation of Imam Hakeem Jamiyu, a flagrance disobedience of the status quo order of the court 

According to the group, “an Imam is expected to have a deep interest of his people in mind and be ready to serve them selflessly with all his ability without expecting any reward from them. It is also against Islamic tenets and unacceptable for a person with criminal and/or occultic tendencies and/or record to ascend to the position of Imam. 

“It is on this premise that stakeholders, representing a multitude of Muslims of Inisa origin around the world are insisting on the selection of the best person from among us to lead the Inisa Muslim Ummah. 

“We are assuming that His Excellency, Governor Ademola Jackson Adeleke has not been availed of the facts in this matter, and, therefore, plead with him to allow this simple matter to be resolved without any political interference.”

Speaking on a Zoom platform, a former Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof Labo Popoola, who is a member of the group, insisted that Inisa deserves a person who is well  grounded in Arabic, Islamic, and Western education.

He said, “Iwo just enthroned an Imam, the guy is a PhD student. You know that of Ogbomosho, a PhD holder. Our own does not even have a school leaving certificate result. That is why he cheated in an exam and was caught. Somebody impersonated him in that examination. When you have all subjects canceled in an examination, it’s evidence of malpractice and you don’t need to go to court to prove it.”