The governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, has promised to consult with Muslim leaders before appointing any of them to a position, assuring Muslims in the state of effective and adequate representation in his administration.
The Governor said this during a visit by representatives of the League of Imam and Alfas and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, saying that he would make sure that only devout Muslims were appointed to his cabinet to represent their interests.
He took advantage of the chance to thank the state’s Muslim community for supporting him during the election that led to his election as governor by casting a large number of votes for him. He assured them that he would not let them down or take their trust in him for granted.
Mr. Oyebanji affirmed that Muslims could be trusted with positions of authority because a significant portion of them exhibits a high level of hard work, commitment, and integrity. He claimed that the appointment of Dr. (Mrs.) Habibat Adubiaro was a decision in the right direction.
Earlier, Sheik Jamiu Kewulere, president general of the League of Imams and Alfas for the Southwest, Edo, and Delta States, and Afolabi Bakare, president of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, reaffirmed the dedication of Ekiti Muslims to the success of the current government in the state.
The governor was praised by the cleric for championing Muslim welfare in the state through his idea of people-centered programs.
He took advantage of the occasion to advocate for the revival of Islamic and Arabic studies as well as the reinstatement of the hijab in secondary schools.