Ibadan – Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Sunday called on religious leaders to collaborate with the government in the task of ensuring peace and security in the state.
Ajimobi said this at the turbanning of Alhaji Abdul-lateef Oyelade as the Babasale Musulumi of Ibadanland.
Ajimobi, who was represented by a former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Ali, urged religious leaders to show exemplary leadership.
“As a religious leader you must live an exemplary life and it is very imperative to be a shining example to others,’’ he said.
The governor also advisef religious leaders irrespective of their faith to support his administration’s efforts to move the state forward.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
Sustaining peace, Ajimobi said, was one of the cardinal duties of his administration and appealed to religious organisations to support government.
The Chief Imam of Ibadan, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Agbotomokekere, described Oyelade, as a silent philanthropist who had touched the lives of people.
He said that Oyelade being a practical and practicing Muslim was honoured with the title because of his integrity.
Sen. Soji Akanbi, representing Oyo Central, said the position of Babasale Musulumi was significant.
Akanbi explained that the position was not a honorary title but traditional.
“Anybody who attains the position must possess leadership qualities and must be tolerant and accessible and I believe that Alhaji Oyelade has these qualities,’’ he said.
Oyelade, thanked Muslims in the state and pledged to continue to advance Islam.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oyelade is also the Patron, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN). (NAN)