The Chief Imam, University of Ibadan, Abdulrahman Oloyede has declared that bad governance, corruption and intolerance are the major factors militating against the progress of Nigeria.
He asked Nigerian leaders to first tackle these menace before they can talk of moving the country forward.
Oloyede, who spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at the State Annual Lecture to mark the 57 Independence Anniversary of Nigeria organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC) Oyo State Branch
posited that “corruption we are talking about is encompassing, anything that is bad is corruption. He said that Nigeria must tackle these problems before all the reforms and policies can work.
The Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies while speaking on the topic, ‘The tripod bedevilling Nigeria- Bad governance, political corruption and tribal-religious intolerance’ called for repositioning of family which he said is the backbone of society.
While speaking on the topic ‘The Islamic recipes for development and growth’, Mufti, Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) Nigeria, Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafil called for involvement of clerics in governance of the country, noting with concern the rate at which people are taking the family for granted.
He said: “Myself, Chairman of this occasion, all of us are from family, that is the backbone of the society. In the past, parents warned their children but now they are the one encouraging them to do bad”. All of us know what they told us, but we are the ones sending children to involve in corruption. Family has turned to another thing. If the society is good, then the family is good. If we must develop, we must take care of the family. If we want this country to develop, we have to look at the people we are electing.”
Earlier, the Amir (President) of the organisation, Luqman Abdulraheem while congratulating Nigerians on the occasion of 57th Independence Anniversary, noted that the theme of the event, ‘Confronting the tripod of bad governance, political corruption and tribalism’ was chosen “to illuminate those factors in our governance, political and cultural architecture that have impacted negatively on our society and held us down as a nation; with capable scholars invited to dissect the issues. This is in recognition of the fragile state of our existence as a nation with growing voices of discontent.
Akinremi Feyisipo, Ibadan