A renowned Muslim cleric has charged the Acting President and political office holders to use power entrusted to them for the benefit of the the masses rather than to satisfy personal greed.
The Chief Imam Federal Polytechnics Ede, Dr. Taofeek AbdulHameed gave this charge at Ilesa, Osun State at the 8-day Fidau prayer for the mother of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Alh. Saratu Aregbesola who died on 1st of August 2017.
Dr. Taofeek who took some reference from Qur’an chapter 57 verse 20 appealed to Nigerian leaders to always strive to do good deeds and remember death at all times, even as he advised those in position authorities to always pursue what is in the overall interest of the country
Abdulhamid said the similitude of live on earth is like sports with its attendant rivalry, fun and ornamentation.
The Imam who prayed for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari urged leaders to strive to know God, move close to Him and remember the day of reckoning.
“No matter the status of any human being, death will certainly be the end of all things. Power is a privilege and must be used for the betterment of humanity rather than for selfish motive.
“Whatever our position or status in life, we shall all end our journey on this earth one day. Therefore, we should see leadership position, especially the political class, as a privilege. We should use such power or position to advance and improve on the living conditions of the people we are leading.
“Position of authority should not be used for purpose of self, for greed or aggrandizement. The followers too must be good and honest to the leaders. If followers are good, they will force leaders to be good and vice versa,” the Imam said.
Those in attendance were the the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, APC chieftain, Chief Bisi Akande, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Olukayode Fayemi, Governor of Kano state, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kaduna state, Nasri El-Rufia, pioneer Executive Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu.
Also in attendance were Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos State), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).
Others include the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Lasun Yusuf, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, former Governors of Ekiti and Ogun states, Niyi Adebayo and Aremo Segun Osoba as well as the former Deputy Governors of Osun and Oyo states, Sooko Adewoyin and Iyiola Oladokun among others.