IMPENDING CRISIS IN EBONYI TAKEOVER OF ISLAMIC CENTER IN AFIKPO
The Muslim community of Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state is angry over the imposition of the leadership of the Islamic Center Afikpo by the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) without consideration of Muslim scholars from the community. To that effect, the Muslim youths have vowed to resist any imposition of leadership on the school.
The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) recently took over the activities of the school from the Muslim World League (MWL) popularly called Rabita, due to the inability of the latter to sustain its aids which has caused retrogression in the academic standard it had built in the past. The Muslim World League founded the International Islamic Relief Organization in 1978.
The Centre, founded in 1958 by Sheikh Ibrahim Nwagui from Anofia where it is situated, was established to create Islamic awareness and preach peaceful co-existence in non-Muslim Southeast of Nigeria.
It has undergone stages of survival as it was unnecessarily reduced to educational setup which, though, has actually trained a lot of Nigerians who are excelling in different professional and academic establishments. The MWL came to rehabilitate the Center around 1981, long after the civil war that left it deserted, through the efforts of indigenous Muslims from Afikpo who studied in Saudi Arabia. The last administration was led by Dr. Fadlu Khalud in Abuja and Sheikh Mama Usman who handed over the leadership to IIRO. But IIRO, on the other hand, has constituted the administrative leadership to take over with no scholar from Afikpo making the list.
The chairman of the committee Alhaji Suleiman Afikpo and the PRO Mallam Abdulqadri Nnachi said letters by the Afikpo Committee of Ulama’ and the extended family members of the founder of the Center were totally ignored.
Afikpo Muslim community can boast of many illustrious Islamic scholars who studied in different fields at the Islamic University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, in Sudan and in Niger Republic.
The committee while calling for a speedy change of administration and the need to appoint an indigenous director to the Islamic centre Afikpo adding that the majority of Igbo refer to Muslims in Igboland as Hausas due to the fact that almost all the Islamic Institutions in the region, like Islamic Centre Afikpo, are headed by non-indigenes and has not empowered any of the numerous Igbo Muslim scholars as the head.
It also noted that all the Islamic Institutions in Igboland suffer attacks from the agitators like, indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), MASSOB agitators or the Christian dominated Afikpo Town Welfare Association (ATWA),among others.
The committee urged the governor of Ebonyi state David Umuahyi to consider the resolutions reached at its meeting.
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