Sheikh AbdurRasaq AbdusSalam, an Islamic scholar, has tasked all religious leaders to shun corruption and evil acts for the country to move forward.
Abd’Salam, who is also the Director, Public/Corporate Affairs, Voice of Nigeria (VON), made the appeal while delivering a lecture organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC), Ondo State Chapter, to mark Nigeria at 59 on Sunday in Akure.
The lecture titled: “Existing Mediocre Mindset: Let’s embrace professionalism and Let Us Be Human: Shun Bigotry”, has a theme: “Nigeria at 59; Time for Decisive Action”.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is not the problem of the country, but “we are the problem of ourselves”.
Abd’Salam, who said that Allah had warned people before now that whoever that digress from his path would encounter hardship; admonished Nigerians to return to Allah.
“We should take his path knowing that one day we are going to assemble and then give an account of what we do,” he said.
According to him, the only way for the country to move forward and progress is to adopt way of Allah and follow his instruction, saying when you bring evil you are the one to rip the fruits and not Him (Allah).
“Allah has taught us to move away from evil.
“It starts from a small thing and we continued to condole it until we all become corrupt.
“Morally, we are corrupt, intellectually we are corrupt, culturally we are corrupt and religiously we are corrupt,
“Something urgent must be done to revise this ugly situation and we must change our behaviour so that we can become good ambassadors of our dear country,” he said.
Abd’Salam also urged Nigerians to elect good people that have morality and integrity to lead the country and that religious leaders must ensure they correct the society by guiding government and insisting that government must stand on what is right.
“And not just elect them, we must stand with them and by them to ensure that they continue to stand on what is good and forbid evil.
“On our path as individuals, we must reject people who steal money and bring them to our houses, Mosques and Churches; we should not accept them and give them titles; all these must stop.
“In our families, we must forbid all sort of evil and prevent them from bringing into our houses things we know are not earned legally, once we do this, society will become better and Nigeria will move forward,” he said.
He, therefore, charged parents to groom and build their children to follow the path of Allah so that they could be good future leaders in the country.
“We are no longer grooming our children to be society builders, we are only grooming them to know how to spend money and wealth, and this is very wrong.
“We have to rebuild the foundation of these children, we are to groom them with the fear of Allah and make them learn that there is a consequence for all our actions, we are to make them learn that it is what you work hard for that can be sustained,” he said.
By Oluwashin Iyanda