22 March 2019

Nigeria: Imam Leadership Tussle - Obaseki Warns Against Disruption of Benin Central Mosque Activities

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has warned against disrupting prayers and other activities at the Benin Central Mosque.

Obaseki gave the warning yesterday in Benin during a meeting with Muslim leaders in the state led by Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon. Kabiru Adjoto and the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III.

He said he was aware of the leadership tussle at the Benin Central Mosque involving Alhaji Jamiu Edosomwan and Alhaji Fatai Enabulele, but that he refused to interfere with the hope that both parties would resolve their differences internally.

"As a government, we saw the development, challenges, and crisis as an internal matter that needed to be settled by members of the faith. The death of Alhaji Edosomwan should have naturally resolved the matter but I was disappointed that the crisis continued. I am glad that the issue has been addressed," he said.

"I will inform the Director of State Security Service (DSS) to make adequate security arrangement at the Benin Central Mosque to stop the disruption of prayers and other activities."

"Let me warn at this point that anybody or party that disrupts activities at the Benin Central Mosque henceforth will be dealt with according to the law."

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