By Olusegun Folarin 

An Islamic scholar, Dr Yinusa Ayilara has called for attitudinal change among Nigerians to build the desired prosperous nation that benefits all citizens, irrespective of religious or cultural beliefs.

Dr Ayilara, who is the Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomosholand made the call in Abeokuta at a programme organized in commemoration of the 39th Hijirah celebration, by the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations, NACOMYO, 

In a paper entitled ” Restructuring the Nigerian Society for a True and Enduring United Nations”,  the Islamic Scholar said the various policies of the government would be more effective when Nigerians embrace spiritual rebirth.

Dr Ayilara, who described religious leaders as critical stakeholders in the process of ensuring effective restructuring, said there was a need for those in positions of authority to renew their relationship with God.

In a message to the event, Governor Dapo Abiodun who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu restated the commitment of the government to implementing policies that would further promote religious harmony in the state.

Governor Abiodun advised the Muslim community to continue to imbibe the virtues of endurance and perseverance which he noted were the hallmark of the faithful.

In separate remarks, the baba adini of Yoruba land, Edo and Delta, Ambassador Sarafa Ishola and NAFSAT President worldwide, Alhaji Abdulwahid AbdulRauf encouraged the Muslim ummah to use their resources to assist the less privileged in the society.

Earlier, the NACOMYO State Coordinator, Alhaji AbduldBariu Lawal had emphasized the need to integrate moral instructions into the school curriculum from primary to tertiary and called for the provision of jobs to the youths in a bid to stem the rising cases of insecurity across the country.

Alhaji Lawal while describing good parenting and nurturing of children as a basic recipe for ensuring a brighter future for the Youths also urged them to support the government in the efforts to build a peaceful society for all.

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