Analyst fears finding Chief Imam Sheikh's successor could lead to chaos

A student of the Islamic religion is proposing for the state to give constitutional backing to the Office of the National Chief Imam, in order to obviate any clashes among Muslim sects in choosing his successor.

According to Irbard Ibrahim, there is a seething struggle among the various sects in the country over who should succeed 91-year-old Chief Imam, Dr. Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu.

Speaking on the Joy FM Super Morning Show, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Islamic political analyst said the issue has become a “Taboo topic” among believers of the Islam faith because of its sensitive nature.

According to him the nation must take interest in “the issue of a possible succession plan for the office of the National Chief Imam” because “he has kept this country both in body and spirit in times that we have seen sporadic cases of inter-faith violence.

“But that notwithstanding we can’t live in a state of denial about the inevitable eventuality. What is the legislative provision for the position of the National Chief Imam? We’ve started seeing some palpable fissures among the various Muslim sects that we have in this country.”

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He called for an open debate on the issue “Because there will be contending forces that will like to occupy the position as and when the man eventually leaves the world.”

Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu is an Islamic scholar and member of the National Peace Council.  He is founder of the Dr. Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu Education Trust Fund (SONSETFund) as well as the Islamic Peace and Security Council (IPASEC).