Mosque Closure Amidst Leadership Dispute
The Ogbomoso Central Mosque, situated in the Oka’gbo area of Oyo State, has reportedly been closed due to an ongoing leadership tussle.
Reports obtained on Friday indicate that Muslim leaders in the town made the unanimous decision to close the mosque, citing controversies related to the selection of the Chief Imam of Ogbomoso, Sheikh Teliat Yinus Oluwasina Ayilara.
Controversy Over Chief Imam’s Selection
According to sources in the town, the decision to close the central mosque was reached on Thursday. Those opposing the selection of Sheikh Ayilara argue that he is not originally from the town.
The dispute has caused concerns within the community, and the closure of the mosque is seen as a measure to prevent further escalations.
Emergency Closure Order
The emergency closure order was issued by Muslim leaders to prevent Sheikh Ayilara from conducting the Jumat service, which was scheduled to take place today.
The primary aim is to avoid any potential outbreak of lawlessness or unrest in the community.
Prominent Leaders Involved in the Decision
Notable Muslim leaders who played a role in this decision include the Aare Musulumi of Ogbomosoland, Alhaji Abdulganiy Atanda Owodunni; the Asoju Musulumi, Alhaji Minkaheel Yussuf; the Balogun Musulumi, Alhaji Abdulrasaq Bello, among others.
These leaders have called on the Muslim community to observe the Jumat service in mosques near their homes while awaiting a final resolution of the matter.