A Police clergy, SP Raji Jamiu, on Sunday charged parents and religious leaders to play a critical role in stemming the rates at which youths are clamped into prisons.
Jamiu, who is the Chief Imam, Police Zone 2 Command, gave the charge at the 2019 public lecture organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC) at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
He represented the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zubairu Muazu, at the occasion.
While commending the TMC for its prison evangelism project, the clergy, however, said that focus should rather be on mentoring young Nigerians on good characters that can prevent them from committing crimes.
According to the police officer, it is the duty of religious leaders and parents “to prevent our children from committing crimes that can lead them to prison confinement.
“If they are morally brought up, the rate of crime will reduce in the society and our youths will not end up in prison’’.
Jamiu noted that the rate of crime among youths is a reflection of the negligence of duties by Imams in various mosques in society.
In his welcome address, the Amir (President) of TMC, represented by the congress chairman in Lagos State, Alhaji Mikail Animasahun said that the “Annual October Lecture” has been a platform where “we make pronouncements on the views, ideas and positions that will help move the nation in the right direction and in a way that is effective, yet efficient’’.
He said that it is only through peaceful dialogue and co-operation that the desires and aspirations of Nigerians can be better actualised.
The theme for this year’s Annual State Lecture is “Nigeria at 59: Time for Decisive Actions”.
Animashaun said the theme was aptly appropriate for x-raying Nigeria’s half-century-and-nine years of independence.
“Without any iota of doubt, 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.
“The Federal Government needs to show more zeal and commitment in building strong institutions powered by strong and motivated people and also fortify our economy through its diversification and encouragement of foreign direct investments,’’ he said.
The Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji AbdurRasaq Adekunle Oyinloye, who doubles as a patron of TMC, spoke on the need for Muslims to resolve collectively towards nation-building.
With Nigeria at 59th independence, he said Nigerians, especially Muslims, must cooperate with the government in tackling all challenges that have been impeding the Nigeria development.
Oyinloye, who is the Chief Executive of Silver Group of Companies in Lagos announced a donation of N500,000 towards a Youth Development Centre project being planned by TMC.
By Oluwashina Iyanda