As prerequisite of moving Nigeria forward, the Chief Imam, University of Ibadan, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede has advised Nigerian leaders to first tackle the scourge of bad governance, corruption and intolerance.
Oloyede who made the disclosure at the State Annual Lecture to mark 57th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC) Oyo State Branch on Monday said these factors is inimical to the good governance which militates against the progress of the country.
The Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies while speaking on the topic, “The tripod bedevilling Nigeria-Bad governance, political corruption and tribal-religious intolerance” noted that “corruption we are talking about is encompassing, anything that is bad is corruption”.
He said that Nigeria must tackle these problems before all the reforms and policies can work.
While speaking on the topic, “The Islamic recipes for development and growth”, Mufti, Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) Nigeria, Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafil called for repositioning of family which he said is the backbone of society.
Shafil who called for involvement of clerics in governance of the country noted with concern the rate at which people are taking family for granted.
According to him, “Myself, Chairman of this occasion, all of us are from a family, that is the backbone of the society. In the past, parents warn their children but now they are the one encouraging them to do bad”. All of us know what they told us, but we are the ones sending children to involve in corruption. Family has turned to another thing, If the society if good, then the family is good. If we must develop, we must take care of the family. If we want this country to develop, we have to look at the people we are electing.
Earlier, the Amir (President) of the organisation, Dr. Luqman Abdulraheem while congratulating Nigerians on the occasion of 57th Independence Anniversary noted that the theme of the event, “Confronting the tripod of bad governance, political corruption and tribalism” was chosen “to illuminate those factors in our governance, political and cultural architecture that have impacted negatively on our society and held us down as a nation; with capable scholars invited to dissect the issues. This is in recognition of the fragile state of our existence as a nation with growing voices of discontent.
Abdulraheem speaking further tasked government at all levels to continue in fulfilment of its obligations to the citizens. He said “Even though we know that the task of governance if herculean and we salute the efforts of the current administration; we must nevertheless admonish government at various levels on fulfilling the basics of engagement between them and the workforce of the nation. A situation where workers especially those in the critical sectors such as health and education have to down-tool, and pensioners have to resort to carrying placards to get what is due to them does not augur well for the nation”.