Monday, August 23, 2021


The Ijebu Ode Muslim Community, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, Engineer Femi Omotayo and the National President of the Ijebu Muslim College Old Students Association (IMCOSA), Engr. Kayode Shote, have all extolled the virtues of the Executive Chairman of Ijebu Ode Local Government, Alhaji Sikirullai  Babatunde EMILOLA-GAZAL.
The Chairman was eulogised by the various speakers who spoke at a reception hosted in his honour on Sunday by the Ijebu Ode Muslim Community, under the aegis of the Ijebu Ode Central Mosque Management Committee.
Speaking at the Ijebu Ode Central Mosque Hall, venue of the event, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Kamil Olanipekun Alausa, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, described Gazal as a very principled person, who diligently pursues whatever cause he believes in, and someone, who because of his principled stance, should not be misconstrued as being stubborn.

He advised the Chairman to effectively organise the Community Development Associations, to partner him in his administration, and also constitute a Technical/Advisory Committee that will be advising him from time-to-time.
Alausa thereafter prayed for the Wife, Mrs. Olusola Emilola-Gazal, and urged the gathering to pray for the Chairman, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and Nigeria.
In his goodwill message, the former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, and former Senator, representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka, congratulated Gazal, who was his Personal Assistant while he served as the Deputy Governor, and commended him for his loyalty, patience, perseverance, and contentment.

"You are a good leader if your followers replicate what you represents. I am happy that Gazal is today, the Local Government Chairman, a position he had wanted to serve in, some years back. 
I urge you to be loyal, first to your God, the people you are voted to serve, and thirdly, the leaders. You must do good to the people, for they repose much confidence in you", counselled, Senator Kaka.
He further enjoined him to prioritize his programmes, and actualise the ones he can, according to his conscience, citing Waste Management, Market, Education, Health, and Flood Control, as some of the key areas he should give priority consideration.

In his remarks, the Special Guest of Honour, Engr. Femi Omotayo-Omoowo said the selection and subsequent election of Gazal is divine, describing it as a good omen for Ijebu Ode. He assured him of the support of Ijebu people on his development agenda and urged everyone to give him time to settle down in his assignment.

Also speaking at the event, the National President of the Ijebu Muslim College Old Students Association (IMCOSA), Engr. Kayode Shote, congratulated the honoree on behalf of the entire old students of the school. He described him as a very consistent and very principled servant-leader, who has his name written in gold already.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Ijebu Ode Central Mosque Management Committee, Dr. Taofeek Salisu, appealed to all the Muslim Clerics to be patient for the Executive Chairman to be able to deliver.
He called on all muslims to support his administration, morally and financially, as his success or otherwise, will be credited to them, particularly, the IMCOSA family.
He said he has known Gazal to be a principled boy since his days in the secondary school, and that up till this moment, he is still a principled man.

On his part, the Leader of the Legislative Council, Ijebu Ode Local Government, Hon. Adeshola Ogundare, pledged the support of the councillors, and assures of a working synergy between them and the executive, to ensure the implementation of the developmental vision of the Chairman for the local government.

Prayers for a successful tenure, were subsequently offered for the Chairman by the Alfas, both male and female.

Responding, the honoree, Alhaji Emilola-Gazal, appreciated the Ijebu Ode Muslim Community for the honour done him, and also thanked the Ijebu Muslim College Old Students Association, saying that whatever he has become has the input of both. He also expressed his immense gratitude to Senator Kaka for facilitating his political prominence.
He then sought the support of the Muslim community,  especially the leaders.
"I urge you all not to leave me, as I covet your advice, counsel, at all times, and I pray that by the end of our tenure, we shall not leave in shame", said Alhaji Gazal.

The Chairman, at the event, announced Dr. Taofeek Salisu, the pioneer University Librarian, and pioneer Director of the Institute of Human Resource Development, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, as the Chairman of the Committee that will organise the proposed annual Olabisi Onabanjo Lecture, scheduled to hold next February. 
The event,  according to the Chairman, is to immortalise the former Executive Chairman of the local government and first civilian Governor of Ogun State, Late Chief Victor Onabanjo, and shall serve as a platform to honour accomplished Ijebu Ode sons and daughters. Those to be honoured, the Heritage Club, as well as Ijebu Regberegbes shall be contacted to support the local government in its developmental agenda.
He also hinted of his administration's plans of resuscitating the defunct Public Works Department (PWD).

Present at the occasion were the Chief Imam of Ijebuland, Alhaji Muftau Gbadegesin Ayanbadejo; and the Chief Noibul-Imam of Ijebuland, Sheyk Olakeu Eyinfunjowo; 

Both lauded the sterling leadership qualities of Gazal, advising him to always take counsel from the Clerics, whenever he needs one, and to use his position to benefit Ijebu indigenes and residents, whom God has positioned him to lead. 
The Chairman was also advised not to allow his new position to make him a bad person in the presence of God and the people.

In attendance also at the reception were the Eketa Adinni of Ijebuland,  Chief Abdulwahab Oleolu; the Vice Chairman, Ijebu Ode Central Mosque Management Committee,  Alhaji Muftaudeen Olubajo; Members of the Ijebu-Ode Central Mosque Management Committee; Iya Adinni of Ijebu-Ode Central Mosque, Alhaja Aolat Mayungbe; Alfa Agba Obinrin, Alhaja Tijani Jaji; amongst other members of the Muslim ummah.

The wife of the Executive Chairman, Mrs. Olusola Emilola-Gazal; Aremo Adeleke Adesanwo; and members of the legislative council, also attended the event.

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