The former Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola Alao, died June 18, 2014. The business mogul and philanthropist was the leader of all Muslims in Yorubaland. It took more than a year for his successor to be announced.
In a statement last week, the Chief Imam of Ibadan land, Sheik Abdulganiy Agbotomokekere, announced a businessman, Alhaji Dauda Akinola a.k.a Dedamak, as the new Aare Musulumi.
“The Council of Imams in the Southwestern Zone of the country has announced the new Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland who is Alhaji Dauda Akinola, a business mogul, philanthropist and islamic adherent who hails from Ibadan”, the statement read.
But some leaders within he Muslim community are not happy with the emergence of Dedamak, who is however yet to be installed.
Sources told Newspeakonline that the Muslim leaders are angry that they were not carried along in the process of someone who would be the leader of Yoruba Muslims.
“To choose someone who would be the leader of Muslims in a region covering six states, you don’t do it sitting in one place and take a unilateral decision. There has to be wide consultations with leaders and stakeholders across those states”, the source said.
According to the source, prospective candidates should have been nominated and meetings should have been held to review the nominations before someone is chosen.
While the Muslim community in Yorubaland awaits the installation of Dedamak, some Muslim leaders in the Southwest seem poised to challenge his choice before that installation is even held.
Alhaji Dauda Akinola is the Chairman of De-Damak Group, a major importer of automobile and building materials – asbestos, roofing sheets, generators, motorcycles and so on.
The six states under the leadership of the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland include Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos.