Renowned scholars and stakeholders from the six states in the South West will converge in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Saturday to discuss the history of Islam in Yorubaland.
The international conference being facilitated by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, MUSWEN, was part of the activities lined up to mark the 10th year anniversary of the group.
A statement by the Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, Professor Muhib Opeloye, and 10th Anniversary Committee, Alhaji Yisa Abdulkareem, said the maiden conference would hold at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
The conference which has as its theme “Islam in Yorubaland: Progress and Challenges,” will feature intellectual and scholarly presentations and will be presided over by the Chairman of MUSWEN Board of Trustees, Prince (Judge) Bola Ajibola.
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Leading keynote and paper presenter include the Chief Missioner of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Imam Abdurrahman Ahmad, and President of Lagos State Muslim Community, Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi.
The League of Imams and Alfas in the South West as well as prominent Muslim groups and scholars are equally expected at the one-day conference.
The Executive Secretary of MUSWEN, Prof. Daud Noibi, OBE, will host scholars and Muslims from across the Southwest and beyond at the programme which will hold under the leadership of MUSWEN President and Conference Convener, Alhaji Sakariyau Babalola.
Muslim Ummah of the Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN) was established in August, 2008 with the aim of uniting the Muslims in the six states that make up the region and foster the development of the Ummah in the country.
MUSWEN prides itself as a unifying factor for Muslims in the region and beyond and thus, the 10th year of existence is described as a decade of unity, peace and progress.