The Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola has assured that he would continue to discharge his duties as Governor responsibly and honourably, reports The Gazelle News.com.
Governor Oyetola disclosed this while delivering a keykote address at the public presentation of the book, ‘Islam in Yorubaland: History, Education and Culture’ published by the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN) in Lagos recently.
Oyetola’s message was delivered by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Osun State Governor, Prince Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo.
According to the Governor, it is Allah’s wish that he is the only Muslim Governor in the Southwest at this point in time, “I know Allah has a purpose for making it so at this material time in the history of our country. I shall always strive to make Muslims and humanity proud of my stewardship.
“As a leader, I am conscious of my responsibilities and will continue to discharge them honourably and responsibly with the fear of Allah”.
He described the book as a worthy addition to the knowledge of history of Islam in Nigeria with particular reference to the Southwest region.
On MUSWEN, Oyetola said, “MUSWEN, no doubt, has been fulfilling its key objectives since its establishment about 13 years ago.
“Apart from being a uniting force for all Muslim communities and smaller Islamic organisations in the Southwest, it has done impressively well in the onerous task of catering for, preserving, protecting, promoting and advancing the interests of Islam and the Muslims throughout the length and breadth of the region”.
Speaking on the book, the Osun State Governor said, “This well-researched work of history, no doubt, has benefited from the rich career of the authors whom I was told are affiliated to Yorubaland by birth and to Islam by choice. It therefore follows that the book before us can be classified as the most authoritative in our recent history as far as the history of Islam in Yorubaland is concerned.
“I am confident that this critical work will continue to occupy a cherished place on the bookshelf as a reliable material on account of its rich treatment of the subject matter, which is rendered in good prose and in an accessible manner.
“More than anything else, by this exemplary scholarly work, the authors have done us a world of good by focusing, simplifying and unravelling the complexities and misconceptions often associated with the understanding of the place of Islam in Yorubaland”.