There was a mild drama on Friday at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) on Friday when Muslim students of the university engaged the national Amir of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN),  Mallam Jameel Muhammad, and other executives of the society.

The drama started when the national Amir asked anyone who had objection to the emergence of the Amir of MSSN OAU, AbdulHakeem Idowu, to speak up.

Subsequently, a‎ student from the Faculty of Law rose to speak, saying that he would not accept Idowu as his Amir.

The law student, who  raised objection was part of those who protested during the inauguration of the new MSSN OAU executive‎.

The law student while raising his objection said, “We are students and we should appoint who to lead us. That is how it is done at Students’ Union and other associations like National Association of Muslim Law Students (NAMLASS), which I am a member.”

After raising his objection in an emotional laden voice, the national Amir asked him, “Are you operating with the bye-law of MSSN?”

The student responded that, “No, I believe in the constitution of Qur’an and Sunnah.”

The national Amir thereafter declared that, “If you don’t accept our bye-law, then you are not our member.”

This, however, resulted to the students alleged to be members and sympathisers of the Salafiyyah group, to shout ‘no’, ‘no’.‎

To calm the students, the national Amir asked any aggrieved student to ask or make necessary clarification after his address.

The students were later seen asking questions from the national Amir and other national, state and local executives of the MSSN.

Earlier, the national Amir told the students that the leadership of Abdulhakeem Idowu was the rightly recognised one.

While clarifying that MSSN bye-law was not contrary to the provisions of Qur’an and Sunnah, he asked all individuals who are in possession  of  MSSN-OAU properties and assets to hand over them.

He said, “Rules were also set during the time of the Prophet (SAW). It is only rules against the Qur’an and Sunnah that can’t be set.

“We recognise the leadership of Abdlhakeem Idowu. If anybody proclaim himself as a leader after a leader have been appointed, the rule of Islam is to kill the person. But we will not do that. If you want to be a leader you can also create your own group and not MSSN.”

The national Amir subsequently warned the MSSN-OAU executives to avoid segregation and disunity.

Muhammad added, “Every Muslim should be part of us. Every muslim students are part of us. Regardless of the name they bear. Do not segregate. If u segregate, Allah will ask you.

“Everyone that is willing to abide by the rules of the society and he/she is not acting against the Quran and Sunnah can join us.

“If anybody is holding any asset or claims of the MSSN, please transfer the assets. You no longer have trust to hold them.”‎

Before addressing the students, the national Amir had met the Dean of Division of Student Affairs of OAU to explain the objective and structure of the MSSN.

He also presented to her, the bye-law of the MSSN. 

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