To so many, Nigeria is at crossroad and as such yearns for a national discourse to proffer an economic cum political ideology that will bring about sustainable development.
Dar-Us-Su’Ada Islamic Academy held a symposium at the DE- REMBRANDT Hotel, Alausa Ikeja Lagos on Sunday Nov. 17, to lend her voice towards the national development through her symposium tagged; “Governance and Sustainable Development: Islamic Perspective.
The chief host of the symposium Dr. Saheed Olurotimi Timehin a senior lecturer at Lagos State University LASU during his welcome address, reiterated the old saying about corruption being the bane of Nigeria.
In his address, he said , “The way in which the nation has been held to ransom by corrupt politicians, particularly between 1999 and 2015 and the perceived helplessness of the nation in battling them in the current dispensation. The shocking revelations of the magnitude of their corrupt ways, show that the country lacks the institutional capacities effectively to curtail corrupt practices.
Stating further , he said, ‘’Corruption exists everywhere in the world but successful nations have developed strong institutions that effectively check the excesses of corrupt people.”
Dr. Saheed commended the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and his indefatigable deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for their dogged struggle for the emancipation of the country and charged Nigerians to support President Buhari and to understand that Nigeria has been bedeviled with corrupt leaders from 1999 to 2015.
This is the first time in the history of Nigeria democracy that a President and his Vice President share a strong relationship which has accounted for the successes recorded so far by this administration. Dr. Saheed added.
Stating further, the lasu lecturer said its sad to know that Nigerians are expecting miracles from mere mortals like them who are trying to salvage a sinking nation.
He said “ Its disheartening to note that Nigerians expect miracles from mere mortal who are trying to salvage a sinking nation. It’s indeed nauseating to hear people who are supposed to know better by attributing the harsh economic realities to the present administration.”
“Despite earning less than half of the previous administration earned, the current administration is investing several times more in Nigeria’s future “
‘’While we commend the present administration, we however urge them to do more as the country is still very far from the promised land.’’In his own speech, The Director Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Lakin Akintola, the chief speaker of the symposium encouraged Muslim faithfuls to join active politics and maintain the teachings of Allah as that’s the only way to achieve sustainable development in the country.
“The only way to salvage Nigerians economic and political woes is to show gratitude to Allah and adopt the principles of Allah which will in turn stir development” he said.“We’ve Islamic leaders whom every leader who wants to maintain sustainable development should study and adopt their leadership skills. Prophet Mohammad is a perfect example and other Islamic leaders that took after Prophet Mohammad.”
The President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof Yemi Osinbajo led administration is a perfect example of sustainable government and a giant stride has been attained since they occupied the mantle of leadership because they rule by the teaching of almighty Allah.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has done credibly well with his unalloyed support and ideologies through the transformation of the economy with good economic polices. An average Nigerian on the street had in one way or the other enjoyed the dividends of democracy this government has provided unlike the government we had from 1999 to 2015.
On February 8, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo chaired the FEC and gave approval of N21 billion for the construction of the Ilorin-Omu Aran-Kabba Road, Section and also on February 15, he approved the award of N126 billion road projects spread across Kano, Bauchi, Adamawa, Kwara, Gombe, Enugu an Kaduna states. In addition, he ensured that an average trader has a fund to start up his business through Trader money and graduates and youths were empowered through Npower programme. All these are some of the laudable ideas of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo which cannot be underestimated.
Among the hosts of other Muslim faithful dignitaries present at the symposium, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi APC chieftain who was the chairman of the symposium asked Muslim faithfuls to balance the time they devote to religious activities with governance, saying governance is the avenue to attain a sustainable development.
“The Muslim religion community hasn’t committed sufficiently in the governance of our great country as we devote our time to religion.”“For you as a leader or Muslim, you must ensure of your security , so, you can have adequate security to serve God and you can only ensure security if you’re conscious of your political environment “
“For you as a leader or Muslim, you must ensure of your security , so, you can have adequate security to serve God and you can only ensure security if you’re conscious of your political environment “
“If you can’t feed yourself, and you’r in pains for not eating, how do you pray in the morning, he asked.
Sheik Sa’eed Abdul who was the second speaker spoke extensively on the need for Muslims to be active in governance and shouldn’t forget to maintain the Quranic teachings in discharging their leadership functions.
Alhaji Bolagade Abdulazeez, Alhaji Misbahudeen Bolarinwa , Alhaji Sulaiman Oluwatoyin and hosts of Imams from Ikotun, Magodo and other imams graced the symposium.
In an interview with the Dr. Saheed, the chief host, he commended the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo for bringing the country out of recession when he was chairman of the Economic Growth and Recovery programme (EGRP).
He also praised his handling of the SIP’s programmes which touched the lives of the poor and downtrodden. Programmes such as market money, trader money, N-power. Lastly he promised the symposium would be an annual program.