Former Oyo REC Urges Nigerians to Desist from Ethnic, Religious Bias

Only leaders with balanced knowledge, intelligence, courage and clear disposition can deliver the much-desired dividends of good governance to Nigerians.

The immediate past Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Oyo State, Dr Mutiu Agboke gave the advice while delivering a lecture titled “Attaining Our Dream Nationhood: Nurturing the Youth for Decent Leadership” on the occasion of the annual state lecture commemorating Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary by The Muslim Congress, TMC Oyo State in Ibadan.

Dr Agboke, who pointed out that there was a need for Nigerians to know the true character of future leaders before attaining leadership positions, stressed that Nigerian youth, especially Muslims must possess good leadership qualities to take their rightful positions in governance.

While affirming that accepting Nigeria’s destiny as a multi-religious state with over 200 ethnic groupings was important for peaceful co-existence and a better nation, the former INEC REC in Oyo state urged Nigerians to desist from ethnic segregation and religious discrimination.

He tasked the youths to provide leadership in voter education, saying there would be no room for result manipulation or rigging during the coming 2023 general elections.

Dr Agboke called on well-meaning Nigerians and politicians to be more organized and to reduce the suffering of the masses.

In another lecture on the topic “Engendering Morality and the Sanctity of Life: The Islamic Model, the Grand Mufti, Conference of Islamic Organisations, OIC, Lagos state, Sheikh Dhikrullahi Shaafi’ maintained that nepotism is anti-Islam and called for unity of purpose among Muslims and other Nigerians to foster national development.

Sheikh Shaafi’ advised youths against cybercrime and other criminal activities, noting that adherence to Islamic tenets was a panacea to value restoration and challenges facing Nigeria.

The Islamic scholar, who enjoined parents to instil values in their children, advocated a review of the education curriculum for value reorientation and improved welfare packages for teachers.

He also advised Federal Government to find a lasting solution to lingering insecurity and economic hardship.

Earlier, the chairman on the occasion, Dr Munir Durojaye said the event was a good step to addressing challenges facing Nigeria and in fulfilment of Muslims’ responsibility for societal reformation.

 In an address, the TMC National Ameer, Alhaji Abdulwasi’ Bangbala read by Oyo State Wali, Alhaji Daud Oladosu said that the annual state lecture was to inculcate good values in youth and purge Nigerians of primordial sentiments and brainstorm for policy direction.

In a goodwill message, the All Progressive Congress, APC senatorial candidate for Oyo Central Senatorial District, Dr Yunus Akintunde hinted that his ambition was to work for upgrading of Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo and the only College of Surveying, Oyo to university. 

Dr Akintunde promised to ensure that constituents enjoy the results of purposeful representation in the Red Chamber.

Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Abdurahman Abduraheem represented by the Permanent Secretary (Inspector General of Education, Oyo state), Mrs Faoziyah Oluokun said the state government reintroduced the teaching of Civic and Religious Studies in schools for value restoration.

Oyo State Director of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr. Kayode Odedokun represented by Deputy Director and Head, Planning Research and Strategy, Mrs Ajolayo Akande commended the TMC for organizing the programme in view of its significance to national development.

The event which had the theme “Restoring Our Pristine National Values” was attended by Oyo state Deputy Governor, Chief Bayo Lawal represented by Mr Zakariyyah Kunle-Sanni, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abubakr Agbotomokekere represented by Imam Hassan Onibiyan, religious and traditional rulers as well as Islamic organizations across the state.

Nofiu Busari     

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