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Oyo Muslim Community Applauds Hassan’s Appointment (Full Press Statement)

The Muslim  Community  Of Oyo State is elated by the appointment  of Barrister  Zhikrullah Kunle Hassan as the first Southerner to occupy the position  of the Chairmanship  of National  Hajj Commission.
In the past before the commission  was given a legal handle virtually  all the former adhoc chairmen  were of Northern extraction.  Only Alhaj Ismail Babatunde Jose former  chairman  and Managing  Director of Daily Times when it was  arguably  the best newspaper  in Africa and comparable  with any one in the world.
He was normally referred to as the doyen of the journalistic  profession occupied  the position  as a southerner. That was decades ago. After the National  Assembly  approved  the hajj commission  the two occupiers before  Barrister  Hassan were from  the  North but by coincidence all veterans  of the Muslim Students Society  of Nigeria.
Both Alhaj Muhammad  Musa Bello  now Minister  of Federal  Capital  Territory, the first chairman  of NAHCON  and his successor
Barrister  Mouktar Abdullah  were prominent  members  of the Muslim  Students  Society Of Nigeria.  We cannot  congratulate  Barrister Hassan  yet because  he is occupying  the position  with the image not only  as a veteran of the Muslim Students Society  of  Nigeria  but a former  National  President  of the organisation.
Congratulating him is  analogous  to applauding  a surgeon  on his way to the theatre.  The surgeon  would deserve  accolades when he comes  out of the theatre  with a smile  that epitomizes  the success  of the  surgery
Therefore  what the new chairman  needs  is a lot of prayers  so that at the end of his sojourn in office and makes a success of the assignment  we would  roll out the drums and red carpet of  celebration.
Barrister  Hassan is experienced  in the hajj industry.  He was two years a member  of lagos state  pilgrims  board the state of his domicility and eight years the Sole Administrator and Amirul hajj of the state  of Osun his state of origin where he performed  excellently  well showing the traits of an MSSN trainee.
The only  difference  is that a National  assignment  is a different  ball game from the state but we are  optimistic  with prayers and support  of the entire  Umma he would take Hajj exercise to the highest pinnacle  of success  comparable to the emulatable standard  of the best countries  in hajj administration namely  Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran and Turkey
We must show  gratitude  to our President  Muhammad  Buhari  who has shamed his critics who robed him with the regalia  of being a tribal jingoist and an ethnic chauvinist and an extreme parochialist. I want to say without  any fear  of being  contradicted  that there was  no protestations  from  the South  West that we want a southerner  to occupy  this position nor  did Barrister  Hassan  lobbied anybody  in government  for this appointment.  It came from detrabilised Muhammad  Buhari  who believes in fairness  and equity.
Muslims  in this country  are United also because  of the exemplary , dynamic and unprecedented leadership  of the Sultan  who since he came on board  had been building  bridges  of understanding among Muslims  all over the country  that some of his saducers and arm chair critics accuse him of being  a nomadic  Sultan who is too extrovertic.  They prefer a leader who would be playing  god and hiding in his cocoon.
Let me once  again appeal to the entire  Ummah  to cooperate  with the NAHCON Chairman Barrister  Zhikrullah  Hassan  and fervently  remember  him in prayers  that  he may be a success  story
May Allah cement  the unity of the Umma of Islam
Ishaq  Kunle  Sanni
Chairman, Muslim  community   of  Oyo  state

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