By Dayo Johnson
THE Chief Imam of Akure, Ondo State, Alhaji Abdul-Hakeem Akorede yesterday said the quick resolution of the crisis between the traditional ruler of Akure, Deji of Akureland, Oba Oluwadare Adepoju Adesina and the Kingmakers by the state government averted bloodshed and chaos in the state.
In his sermon to mark Eid Ul Adha in Akure, the Chief Imam said the matured manner the governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko resolved the Chieftaincy crisis was commendable.
According to him â€œI wish to commend Governor Olusegun Mimiko for his timely intervention in the recent dispute between the Deji of Akureland and the Akure Chiefs. It is noteworthy that the urgent intervention of Mr Governor averted bloodshed, chaos and crisis which the dispute might have caused.
I also thanked the members of the Akure Community Development Forum for the great role they played in nipping the said dispute in the bud. As a co-custodian of peace and people in Akure, I want to urge our Kabiyesi to ensure harmonious relationship with his council of Chiefs and to be above board in all ramifications. We should rememberÂ that Akure is the seat of government hence peaceful atmosphere is non- negotiable.â€
Alhaji Akorede called for unity among Muslims in the state, saying that they should not allow â€œour political differences to affect our unity as Muslims. Let us know that what Allah would demand from us on the day of reckoning is our brotherhood and not our political inclinations.â€
He urged Imams the state to â€œremain non partisan and strive towards meeting your yearnings and aspirations at all times.â€