Dr AbdulLateef Wale Olasupo, Baba NASFAT, the chairman Board of Trustees of Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society of Nigeria, NASFAT, Last weekend, in Abuja in his remarks at a 2-day Abuja branch executives committee /stakeholders retreat, held at the premises of the branch’s mosque, admonishes NASFAT missioners in all its branches in Nigeria, particularly the Abuja branch to be time conscious and adhere strictly to the guiding norms in their roles as NASFAT Missioners. In addition, he frowns at the late coming of some missioners to the weekly prayers ground, thus commencing late the prayers session.
He recalled the early days at Abuja NASFAT when the promptness of the Missioners aided the delivery of the spiritual contents at Assalatu. Appropriately, he admonished them to emulate the chief missioner of the society Imam Onike Azeez, at the headquarters for his promptness. In addition, he implores all members of the missionary arm to always be present at all organized activities of the executives as this ensures effective coordination of the programmes. Still, on his admonishment for the Missioners, he frowned at the undue recognition the Missioners often accord visiting Islamic clerics at NASFAT programmes. Dr Olasupo had this to say; ‘the spiritual contents of NASFAT activities as laid down from the headquarters and contained in the approved prayer book is sacrosanct and must not be relegated, for other Islamic Clerics or visiting lecturers in the name of hospitality or welcoming them to the Assalatu sessions and other NASFAT activities’.
Alhaji Abdul Ganiyu Balogun, the branch Chairman, in a chat with the PEACE Magazine, explained why the retreat? He says: ‘the retreat is towards a search for better ways to run the branch affairs and for the new executives to understand the nitty-gritty of the values, missions and vision of NASFAT for the society and the Ummah at large. Also, to let them understands the strategic mission of NASFAT for 2022 and their responsibilities in driving NASFAT to the desired spiritual goal’.
At the retreat, participants and executives had the opportunity to express their views and opinions on how the branch could be repositioned for greater heights and populate its membership. The chairman promises to set up a monitoring committee and a feedback mechanism to monitor the implementation of the agreed submissions at the retreat as contained in the communiqué.
Resource persons at the retreat had interactive sessions with the participants. Mr Tunde Kamali spoke on re-engineering the branch for positive results. MrMr L. A Yusuf presented a paper on Financial Matters and Repositioning of NASFAT Abuja Branch Ventures. The trio of Bro Okunola Hammed, the branch Secretary, Kabir Bello, the publicity Secretary and the woman leader, Hajiya Amina Ajikobi, ensure effective coordination. Barrister Luqman Alawaye, the vice-chairman of the branch, rounded up the retreat with a remarkable vote of thanks.
Report by: Abdulfattah Abdussalam.