Alhaji Sulaiman Oluwatoyin Abou-Nollah, 42, has assumed office as the 10th Chief Imam of Lagos.
He was turbaned on Friday when he made history as the youngest person and first graduate to occupy that position.
His choice and turbaning followed the death on September 24 of the 9th Chief Imam, Alhaji Garuba Akinola Ibrahim. Weeks after the eighth day Fidau was held for the repose of Ibrahim’s soul, the mosque’s executive council commenced the process for the appointment of a new Chief Imam.
In line with the extant rotation system between the two constitutionally recognized houses, the Nollah family was requested to submit a nominee to fill the vacant position.
It was learnt that a name was earlier submitted by the family but the Spiritual Council in its report said the nominee did not meet the standards expected of an occupant of that office.
Daily Trust recalls that a social media broadcast was recently done to the effect that a new Chief Imam had been appointed. But the mosque swiftly dismissed the report, saying the process was still on.
In a letter dated December 6, the family sent another name to the mosque’s committee which was screened on December 9.
At the end of the screening attended by 17 of the 18-member council, the new Chief Imam was adjudged knowledgeable in Holy Quran and Hadith.
“A Chief Imam is a symbol of Sharia (Islamic jurisprudence) and must be above board. All the attributes were found in the new Chief Imam,” said the acting Secretary of the mosque, Mr. Yahata Abimbola in a chat with our correspondent.
The new Chief Imam is a graduate of Electrical-Electronics Engineering from the University of Ilorin and currently a principal electrical engineer in the Lagos State Civil Service.
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