By Nafiu Busari
Trust and delegation of power have been reiterated as the two major foundations for ethical governance in Islam which leaders should always uphold.
Retired Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Post Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju gave the indication while delivering a lecture at the 24th Annual National Convention of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Muslim Alumni Association, FUNAAMAA at House of Chiefs, Agodi, Ibadan.
Dr Olanrewaju who pointed that there was the need for the incoming administration to come up with masses oriented policies to ease the sufferings of Nigerians, noted that leadership positions must prioritize security, welfare and national integration.
He stressed that though humanly crafted constitutions lack rewards system, adding that leaders should ensure equity, patriotism and fairness to the led for peace and unity in Nigeria.
In an address of welcome, FUNAAMAA President, Alhaji Jubril Fantola started that the 24th Annual Convention and Lecture served as spiritual rejig and reunion for members.
Chairman on the occasion, who is also the Mogaji of Akere Royal Family, Alhaji Moshood Gbolagade-Akere said it was a privilege to be in midst of intellectuals and advised incoming administration to ensure dividends of democracy trickle down to all nooks and crannies of the country.
In a remark, the special guest of honour and the Rector, the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Professor Kazeem Adebiyi represented by an Assistant Director, Center for Continuing Education, CEC, Dr Kunle Oyewo urged political appointees in the coming government at all levels to imbibe simplicity, compassion and other good virtues of Islamic ethical governance.
The Chief Imam, FUNAAB mosque, Professor Idrees Ayinde, who described the lecture as spiritually enriching, advised Muslims in positions of authority to uphold trust and be good ambassadors of Islam.
In a contribution from cultural and traditional perspective, the Maye of Ibadan, Oloye Lekan Alabi called on the executive and legislative arms of government to take from cue from adherence to rule of law and exhibition of statesmanship by government officials in the first republic to attain good governance.
The 24th Annual FUNAAMAA National Convention with the theme: Ethical Governance: Insight from Islamic Perspective featured Capacity Building for Muslim Students, Welfare Support for Indigent FUNAAB students, Humanitarian Visit to the less privileged, Support to the alma mater among other programmes.