Akure – The Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has ordered the closure of Ikare Central Mosque over lingering leadership tussle.
Last week, the Ikare Muslim Council sacked the Chief Imam of the mosque, Sheikh Abubakar Muhammed Abbas, after its meeting held on October 9.
But the League of Imams and Alfas rejected the sacking.
However, Sheikh Abbas led last Friday’s jumat service under heavy security.
Information and Orientation Commissioner Mrs. Bamidele Ademola-Olateju announced the closure of the mosque at a media briefing after the state executive council meeting.
According to Natiin, she said the closure of the mosque was among far-reaching decisions on important issues in the state.
The commissioner said the council approved that pupils in public and private schools would henceforth wear traditional attires to schools on Fridays.
She said buildings that trespassed on the state government-owned land would be demolished.
She said, “The council decided that from now on, workers in the state will be required to put on traditional clothes to work every Friday. And for students in the state, it is permissible from now on that they can wear traditional attires to school every Friday.”
Speaking on the development, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Adewale Akinlosotu, explained that the council decided that for the state to preserve the Yoruba culture, public workers and students would start wearing native attires to work and schools on Friday.