Politicians in Nigeria have been enjoined to focus on service to humanity and shun greed and inordinate craze for amassing wealth, since they will eventually die and leave all the accumulated wealth to face trials on the judgement day.
This was the message of the Imam of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede Mallam Taofeek AbdulHammed, served to a retinue of politicians who gathered in Ede town at the 8th day Fidau prayer for Alhaji Bello Ajagbe Olatoyemu the father of Alhaji Adejare Bello, former Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly.
The clergy reminded the political elites of the saying of Prophet Muhammad that: the best of men is he who benefits human beings and serve their needs, stressing that whatever resources amassed Illegally will count against them on the Day of Accountability, when material resources will be of no benefit.
Corroborating Imam AbdulHammed, the former Speaker urged politicians to emulate his late father who was renowned for benevolence.
He Described his late father as an accommodating and God fearing person who would always abandon his responsibilities to serve others.
“My father, when he was alive would abandon his meal and return late to eat the cold meal because he had gone to settle communal issues or to discuss matters of collective benefits. He was a man of peace and I took after him. That is why my tenure was unique when I served for twelve years without blemish.
For instance, I served three governors without blemish, rancour acrimony and without having issues with my colleagues or with any of the governors. There was no record of fighting over largesse or money among the legislators. Peace reigned supreme during my tenure,” he said.
Mr Bello expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious in the coming gubernatorial election in Osun if he wins the Peoples Democratic Party ticket. He stressed his capability to govern the state successfully, having worked with the past and present administrations.
Bello served as a member of the State House of Assembly for 12 years and became the Speaker of the House during the administration of former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola. He also spent six months as Speaker during the first tenure of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Meanwhile, a former National Secretary of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the prompt release of the guidelines and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections.
Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, on Tuesday released the 2019 election guidelines at a press conference in Abuja.
Oladipo who was also at the Fidau prayer said the move by INEC shows its readiness for the 2019 general election.
”I want to commend my colleague, Prof. Yakubu for being very proactive. The fact that INEC came out with the timetable shows it is preparing seriously for the next round of elections.”
Oladipo however, urged INEC to separate the presidential and National Assembly elections, saying combining the two would be confusing.
Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo