A senior lecturer at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr Tajudeen Yusuf, says Public offices in Nigeria, with its present configuration, is too attractive to discourage desperation, corruption and bad governance.
Yusuf made the remarks at an annual lecture organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC), Ogun State chapter, held at the MKO Abiola Stadium on Monday in Abeokuta.
He noted that there would be no solution to the problem until the N29 million monthly, allegedly earned by each member of the National Assembly, the security votes to executives and other bogus payment were discouraged.
“For necessary transformation and good governance to materialise in Nigeria, there is the need for Nigerian leaders to access the same public service available to the ordinary citizens such as electricity, education and health services,” he said.
The don challenged the popular economic doctrines that human needs are unlimited with scarce resources, arguing that it contributed to the greediness of man in amassing wealth and crazy for material needs.
“There are three obstacles militating against the growth and development of this nation, namely: political corruption, bad governance and tribal or religious bigotry.
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“Nigeria is 57 years old and it is still crawling. We have recorded many achievements but there is room for improvement.”
As a panacea to the problem, Yusuf asked Nigerians to retrace their steps to God by identifying the purpose, for which they were created by Allah and bear it in mind that they will be accountable to Him.
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In the second lecture titled “The Tripod Bedeviling Nigeria – Bad Governance, Political Corruption and Tribal-Religious Intolerance”, Prof. Taofeek Abdul-Azeez of the University of Abuja, condemned those criticising the President Muhammadu Buhari administration efforts against corruption.
Abdul-Azeez, who was represented by Ustaz Abdur-Rauf Saheed, said the allegation that the fighting against corruption by the Federal Government was sectional. noting “it is like calling for quota system or federal character in the trial of corruption”.
He called for re-orientation of Nigerians, especially Muslims, by becoming true Muslim personality and a good representative of Islam.
The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, cautioned Nigerians against hate speeches and to shun acts that promote disunity.
Adekunbi explained that the Assembly, under his leadership, has been trying its best to ensure even development in the state.
While congratulating Nigerians on the occasion of the 57th Independent Anniversary, the Speaker said despite the challenges presently facing Nigeria, the country had remained the giant of Africa.
“Leadership is the product of followership, therefore, we both have the responsibility to be accountable and just in all we do,” Adekunbi said.
In his welcome address, the Waali (Chairman) of the Ogun State chapter of TMC, Alhaji Ibrahim Ogunkoya said the event was organised to highlight those factors in our governance, political and cultural architecture that have impacted negatively on our society.
Ogunkoya frown at all acts that seek to engender marginalisation and resort to threat to the peace, stability, corporate existence and territorial integrity of the nation.
“As an organisation, we support the use of peaceful, comprehensive and inclusive dialogue to reach our demands and secure our goals and aspirations as a nation.
“Violence and terrorism achieve nothing in life but destruction,” he said.
While congratulating Nigerians on the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the nation’s independence, the chairman asked them to thank Allah for preserving the nation as one despite all odds.
“We salute the patriotism, courage and endurance of the long-suffering people of Nigeria and urge us to be patient, peaceful and hopeful, as these are the ingredients of success.”
Ogunkoya congratulated Nigerians over the successful issuance of Islamic Sukkuk bond floated by the Federal Government for infrastructural development, which was oversubscribed.
This economic fit was achieved ” despite the antics of some ill-informed, misguided, desperate and pathological bigots who termed the bond as a scheme to Islamisation agenda”.
He blamed the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for campaigning against the sukkuk bond which was floated by the Federal Government for infrastructural development in the interest of all Nigerians.