New Oyo Board Chairman promise to resolve pending cases, reveals how he emerged

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The newly appointed Chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Hashim Atere, has opened up on how the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, AbdulGaniyu Ajigbotomokekere, facilitated the process.


Atere disclosed this while receiving in audience dignitaries from all walks of life at his Ologuneru residence Ibadan on Sunday.

He stated that it was at the insistence of Chief Imam that facilitated his appointment as the chairman.



According to him, “but for the Governor’s respect for the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abubakar Agbotomokekere, the appointment would have been practically impossible. But the Governor stood his ground and insisted that it must be Chief Imam’s nominee, hence my appointment.


“It is my sincere prayer to Almighty Allah that the Governor succeeds and overcome all challenges before him for the state to benefit more from his wonderful service to humanity.


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“Please, let’s remember the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde in our prayers on a daily basis. The Governor though a Christian has shown that he has respect for the men of God as exemplified in what he has done to the Chief Imam of Ibadanland.



“Our Baba, the Chief Imam deserves our appreciation and prayers to live longer to continue to lead the Muslim communities in Ibadan and Oyo State in general. Help me to thank the Chief Imam when you pay him a visit, soon,” Atere charged the community members.



On his new position, Atere said he was ready to make the Governor proud by taking decisions in consultations with the Islamic leaders, board members and well-spirited people around the Governor to reposition the board for greater and better service delivery.


“I am ready to make the Oyo Hajj Board the best in Nigeria. And if it deserves sacrificing my salaries, I am ready to make a difference and justify the confidence of His Excellency.


“Since it is Allah’s will, grace and honour to pave way for me despite daunting obstacles and challenges prior to the announcement last Wednesday, I am a very young person and opportunities are still abound for me in future, I will therefore sacrifice my time, energy and resources to make remarkable changes on the board.



“All pending matters amongst a number of intending pilgrims will be resolved and everybody will be proud of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.


First publish in Tribune online

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