National Mosque fires Imam, others

The Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Ustaz Musa Mohammed, has been removed along with the entire management of the mosque in what officials said was an exercise aimed at reforming the place and bringing in more competent people.

The removals, which would take effect next month, were conveyed to the affected people last week by the mosque’s Board of Trustees headed by Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, officials said in Abuja yesterday.

Director of Administration of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Ustaz Amin Igwebe confirmed the dissolution of the management to our reporter, and said that it was aimed at reforming and reinvigorating the system.

Igwebe also said that the dissolution was part of an arrangement by the NSCIA to “restructure and bring in more competent” people into the management of the mosque. But he did not confirm when the dissolution would take effect.

“You know this generation of imams now, we need people with a very sound western education and other things. So, I think that is the reason. So, it is true that they have been served letters,” he said.

Yesterday, the National Mosque Management Board advertised vacancies for the positions of Chief Imam and deputies, as well as positions of Executive Secretary and Director of Finance and Administration.

A one-page advertisement in yesterday’s newspapers said the essence of the reform was to “revitalize the administration of the Abuja National Mosque, including its Directorates of Religious Affairs, Office of the Chief Imam and to make it more responsive and functional.”

But the outgoing Chief Imam told Daily Trust that he was yet to receive any letter relieving him of his position, but added that he heard rumours to that effect.

“That is what I also heard but I have not received any formal letter to that effect,” Ustaz Musa said yesterday.

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