The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has elected Sakariyau Babalola as its Deputy President-General, to replace the late Aare Musulumi of Yoruba Land, Abdul-Azeez Arisekola Alao.

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday by Femi Abbas, Chairman, NSCIA’s Media Committee, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.

The statement said Mr. Babalola’s election was announced at the General Assembly/National Executive Council (NEC) of the NSCIA meeting held on Saturday at Imaguero College, Benin, Edo State.

The statement said the meeting was presided over by the President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar.

“With the new appointment, Babalola becomes the second Deputy President-General of NSCIA for the Southern part of the country, after the late Aare Arisekola.

“He is to partner with the Shehu of Bornu, who is the Deputy President-General of the Muslim apex body for the North.

“The General Assembly of the NSCIA is the highest organ of the body comprising the National Executive Council (NEC), the General Purpose Committee (GPC), and the Expanded General Purpose Committee (EGPC).

“The leaderships of all State Muslim Councils, as well as the representatives of all registered Muslim Organisations in the country,’’ the statement said.

It further said the General Assembly/NEC meeting comes up once every three years, to chart forward the affairs of the country’s Muslim Ummah and to take decisions on crucial matters of common interest to all Muslims in the country. (NAN)

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