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Don’t elect religious bigots – Shafaudeen

By Nafiu Busari

Nigerians need to elect leaders that are Godly and not religious bigots for good governance, unity and development of the country.

This was the submission of the Founder and Spiritual leader of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, Professor Sabit Olagoke during the activities marking the 40th Annual Shafaudeen International Convention ‘Ishrat 2023’ Theme: Shaping the Future of Nation, the Future is Now held at its International Headquarters, Wakajaye, Iwo Road, Ibadan.

According to Professor Olagoke, the new leaders must be able to see to restructuring and 1999 Constitution amendment to have fiscal Federalism in place that will allow Regions, States, Local government to control resources for their development through right placement of items in the exclusive li9st and considered concurrent list.

“The only solution to have a breakthrough is to employ merit and due process in promoting values and running the affairs of the Nation objectively without discrimination based on the need to promote inclusive Society for a better and progressive Nigeria free of violence, banditry and, militancy, kidnapping, terrorism and sharp practices (corruption and institutional indiscipline), the hallmark of insecurity that destroy human and material resources rather than building it.”

He expressed hope that the INEC Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) Certification process will lend credibility to the 2023 Elections process for free, credible and fair exercise. 

“All of us must effectively participate in voting and monitoring to shun vices.  Healthy competition by politicians in the spirit of healthy sportsmanship for peace to reign is desired if we truly hold to faith.”

Professor Olagoke charged leaders to unveil implementable policies that will promote employment, and people’s capacity building with state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate basic amenities for people’s welfare and wellness.

”Emerging Research and Development for the emancipation of humanity and the environment must therefore preoccupy the leadership role for the dynamics of the country.  Many facilities being enjoyed today across the world are the products of many investors and researchers turning around the fortune of the world to be more habitable for humanity with the trend of development till date”

He challenged Muslims to follow the example of Islamic legends in history not to lag behind in the present global competitive market and global best practices driven by Quality and Standard in evaluation.

“The world craze for materialism through illegal means has led to caustic civilization making us to witness emerging crisis of diseases”

The Islamic leader posited that the impending doom of the evening times is making everybody to be vulnerable hence the need for leaders to concentrate on promoting research and development in their educational institutions that must be functional and adequately driven by the state-of-the-art facilities.

“Researchers are emerging in the various fields of human endeavours.  What of COVID-19 antidote of drugs rejected from Africa continent for lack of scientific backing? Stop underfunding but promote functional education that will enhance initiative development, altruistic life for others benefits and peaceful co-existence without discrimination for enhanced security and unity of the multi-religious country”

The programme also featured recognition and elevation of some founding members of the organization who have sacrificed for its existence and Walimat for graduands who distinguished themselves in quranic memorisation and recitation conducted by the chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik Abdulganiyy Abubakar  Agbotomokekere

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