The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit has elected a new set of executive council members to pilot the affairs of the students’ body for the next three years.
At the electoral conference, which was held virtually on Sunday, August 16, 2020, Mallam Miftaudeen Thanni emerged the Amir (President) of arguably the most proactive Area Unit (state chapter) of the MSSN in Nigeria, with a membership strength of about 10, 000 members.
The Chairman, Shurah committee, Mallam Saheed Ajadi dissolved the cabinet headed by the immediate past Amir, Dr Saheed Ashafa and read out the names of the new executive council members led by Mallam Thanni, a law graduate from the University of Lagos.
“I am hopeful that Mallam Thanni’s long years of experience as a dedicated member of the society will serve as a cutting edge *elixir* in his administration. With the help of Allah and the cooperation of the Area council Umarah,” Mallam Ajadi said.
Also, Hajia Basheerah Majekodunmi-Bello was re-elected for a second term as the Amirah (female leader) of the group after serving with the immediate past Amir, Dr Ashafa, between 2017 and 2020.
Other executive council members elected during the electoral conference include the Naibul Amir (Vice President), Mukhtar Oyetunji; General Secretary, AbdulFatah Hamzah; Assistant Secretary, Taofeek Ogundele; Financial Secretary, AbdulAzeez Abdul Raheem and Welfare Officer, Kamaldeen Abiona.
Also in the list of the newly elected Executive Council members are Business Chairman, Qazeem Musa; Public Relations Officer, Mu’Sodiq Adekunle; Director of Studies, Qazeem Akinlotan; Assistant Director of Studies, Qazeem Yahya; and Internal Auditor, AbdulKabir Kuye.
The other female members of the executive council are the Naibatul Ameerah, Azeezah Gidigbi; Secretary, Asmau Yahya; Sisters’ PRO, Sekinah Adeyinka; Welfare, Muhibah Adeoye; and treasurer, Ma’rufah Adeshokan.
‘It was a tasking responsibility’ – Dr Ashafa
The outgoing President, Saheed Ashafa (Ph.D), appealed to members of the society and the general public to support the new executive council members.
He explained that the theme of the conference, ‘Building a Sustainable Future’, was chosen to address the current global pandemic.
Ashafa said, “On the 11th of October, 2015 to be precise, the ‘Amirship’ weight was placed on my shoulders. The journey began on a note of fear and hope and just when I thought I was about to heave a sigh of relief, I was re-elected in 2017 and this time around to steer the paddle of leadership for another three years.
“The responsibility, no doubt, was tasking. There were moments of turbulence just as there were moments when the coast appeared serene. There were moments when trifles sought to tear us apart as a team but Alhamdulillah, it all ended in gratitude.
“I urge the incoming executive council members to tap into the numerous opportunities unraveled by the pandemic.
“The theme ‘Building A Sustainable Future’ has been chosen, as the ‘New Normal’ stares everybody in the face. Nobody knows where the tide is taking the world but one thing is certain, it is going to be the survival of the smartest, though, as Allah wills.
“The future may appear gloomy due to a sudden change brought about by the pandemic. It can however either spell doom or turn boom.” he concluded.