Three years after a dispute, the mosque in Osun reopens

The central mosque of Inisha has undergone a reopening ceremony three years after the Osun State Government closed its doors due to a feud surrounding the appointment of the Chief Imam, resulting in the tragic demise of two contenders.

The closure, initiated in 2020 during the tenure of former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, was a response to persistent crises and conflicts within the mosque premises.

Following the intervention of prominent Islamic clerics at both the national and state levels, the mosque welcomed worshippers and community residents on Friday. Notably, the reopening ceremony was led by Chief Imam Abdulrauf Rufai of Oyan town, who conducted the Jumat prayer. Dr. Sakariyawu Babalola, the Deputy Amir of the Supreme Council of Islamic Council in the Southwest, declared that Muslim leaders have actively mediated in the longstanding feud, expressing confidence in a resolution that would ensure enduring peace.

Addressing the congregation after the prayer service, Babalola urged all involved parties to embrace peace, emphasizing that leaders such as the Chief Imam of Osogbo and the Grand Imam of Osun State would facilitate the reconciliation process. Kasali Adeyemi, the President of the Inisa Muslim Elite Association, reported that the mosque’s reopening saw participation from various factions, including the Muratu Mumheen group. After the Jumat service, the groups collectively paid a visit to the local king.

Adeyemi clarified that their opposition to the previous situation stemmed from concerns about an attempt to impose an individual with a pending criminal case as the Chief Imam in Inisha. He stressed the importance of adhering to due process in the selection of the Imam, reflecting the ongoing demand for a fair and transparent process.

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