The Muslim Congress (TMC), Ogun State chapter has called for mass and decisive actions against mediocre and bigotry as Nigeria marked 59 years of independence.
Prof. Sheriff Adewuyi of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, speaking at the Independence Lecture organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC) at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta.
This form parts of the resolutions of Muslim scholars who spoke on the theme: “Nigeria At 59; Time For Decisive Action”, at the annual independence lecture of TMC at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
In his welcome address, the Waali (Chairman) of the Ogun State chapter of TMC, Dr Ibrahim Ogunkoya said the choice of the theme was deliberate to x-ray Nigeria’s half-century-and-nine years of independence in a bid to taking practical steps in addressing challenges confronting the nation.
“Nigeria has suffered major setbacks in infrastructural development, economic vibrancy and security advancement.
“These setbacks can be traced to a lack of focus on and sustenance of the country’s strategic development plan.
“It is high time the governments at all levels woke up to making decisions based on decisive, dedicated and patriotic action plans that will drive the nation’s socio-economic infrastructures to enviable heights,” Ogunkoya said.
“The Federal Government needs to show more zeal and commitment to building strong institutions powered by strong and motivated people and also fortify our economy through its diversification and encouragement of foreign direct investments.”
“We will draw a conclusion that more than 30 years of our 59 years as a sovereign state have left us with little to celebrate and so much more to hope for.
“It is, therefore, safe to say that the most productive and glorious years of this country is no more than 20 years.”
“We lost our common patrimony to marauders, sycophants, cronies, brief-case contractors, liars, roadside technocrats, 419ners, killers, ritualists, drug barons, fake men of God, devilish “civil” servants, political Jingoists, boot-lickers, saboteurs and manipulators.”
In his lecture titled: “Let Us Be Humane; Shun Bigotry”, Secretary-General, Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUCOYS), Shaykh Isma’eel Busayri, called on the ruling class, the elites, technocrats, religious community, ethnic group and international community to work in unison and adopt action plans to discourage bigotry and promote unity of Nigeria.
Shaykh Isma’eel Busayri, Secretary-General, Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUCOYS), fielding questions from newsmen after delivering an Independence lecture organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC) at the MKO Abiola Stadium, recent in Abeokuta
Busayri identified the strength of the nation as including twenty years of sustainable democracy, the largest economy in West Africa, Youthful population, abundant human and natural resources, growing industries, decimating Boko Haram and combating corruption.
He identified endemic corruption, political instability, ethnic problem, high level of illiteracy, insecurity, inadequate and decaying infrastructure, death of industries, and brain drain, as the weaknesses that are hampering the further progress of Nigeria.
“Islam teaches peaceful co-existence, justice for all regardless of their tribal or religious affiliation, with inter-relations based on humanitarian ground and fair play. Islam acknowledges unity in origin and abhors racism and tribalism, as well as encourages cooperation on issues of common interest.
“First world countries have their peculiar challenges which they have learnt to surmount over the years. We can also surmount our peculiar challenges with the right attitude to work and patriotism.”
Earlier, Prof. Sheriff Adewuyi of the Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), asked Nigerians and the leaders discharge their duties professionally and exit the mediocre mindset of selfishness, ignorance, and disobedience.
Adewuyi, who gave a critical analysis of the challenges confronting Nigeria comparing it to Diabetes with suffering in plenty, expressed worry that many Nigerians are religious-conscious rather than being God-conscious.
He asked Nigerians to take an individual reflection of how their singular act and mindset would continue to mar and make Nigeria adding that the problem of the country is a reflection of bad leadership and followership.
While suggesting solutions to the problems confronting Nigeria, the don asked Nigerians irrespective of their religion, tribal and gender status to turn a new leaf, belief in God in truth through their speech, intention and actions.
“It is instructive to note that no one will take us out of the current quagmire except we take decisive actions. And God will not change anything except that we first change our own ways,” Adewuyi said.
In his goodwill message, the former national president of National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde commended TMC for her commitment to nation-building through its proactive and strategic programmes and activities.
Alhaji Akintunde used the occasion to appeal to the Ogun State Government to protect Muslims in the State especially students in public schools from continuous persecution over the use of hijab and other violations of their rights.
From our Correspondent in Abeokuta
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