The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Muslim Community (UMC) has officially installed Dr Ismail Musa as the new Chief Imam of the University Central Mosque.
The ceremony was attended by the principal officers of the University, members of the Lagos State Muslim Community led by the Baba Adini of Lagos, Pa Afis Abou and the representatives of the Chief Imam of Lagos State.
In his address of welcome, the Chairman of UMC, Prof. Lai Olurode expressed joy at the level of development that the Muslim community had recorded in the last few years.
Olurode said the UMC achievements were made possible through the support of the University management and members of the Muslim community, urging Muslim faithful to continue to extend their support towards the organisation.
The Pro-Chancellor of the University and Chairman of the occasion, Dr Wale Babalakin commended the leadership of the UMC, noting that the past leadership have laid good legacies which are now paying off.
“When a society is properly led it will be doing. What comes with power is great responsibilities. Men must use power to the glorification of Allah and service to humanity,” Babalakin said.
In a lecture titled “The Role of Chief Imam in The University Community,” former Chief Imam, Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi emphasized on the imperatives of the leadership of service that will meet the needs of the Muslim community.
He described the ceremony as historic, unprecedented saying, “This ceremony is one that has never happened in the University.”
He urged the Chief Imam to be wary of “innovations.”
“Things you have to be cautious of are fundamentally in the way of innovations. Innovation and fresh ideas should always be in compliance with the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet. Be wary of innovations that can jeopardize the legacies that your predecessors have left behind,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe commended the Muslim Community for upholding the spirit of love, peaceful coexistence and harmony among people of other faiths in the University.
He said the gesture of love and friendship his administration has enjoyed from the Muslim community was unrivalled in the comity of universities in the country.
Ogundipe, however, urged the new Chief Imam to sustain the spirit of love and peaceful coexistence among other legacies that have been laid by the previous leadership of the community.
In his inaugural speech, Musa noted that his leadership would create more opportunities for people to have access to the guidance of Allah.
“I have accepted the appointment as a responsibility to contribute to the development of the University and the humanity as a whole,” the Imam said.
In his goodwill message, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University and one-time Chairman of UMC, Prof. Rahmon Bello, expressed the optimism that the new leadership would work the vision of the Muslim Community and accomplish great heights.
Former Chief Imam of the University, Prof. M A Bidmus presented the staff of office to new Chief Imam on the authority of the Baba Adini of Lagos.
Babalakin afterwards, presented the certificate of appointment to him.
By Miftaudeen Raji