Prominent Muslim clerics have advised political office holders to use their position to help the poor, stressing that while positions are transient, the people will remain after politicians might have left office.
The clerics gave the admonition in Osogbo, Osun State while delivering lectures at an Annual Ramadan lecture organised by the Oranmiyan Movement, in collaboration with the Enroute Rauf Team, a political platform of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola.
The Chief Imam of Offa, Sheikh Muyideen Salman, said the present day politicians have bastardised the legacies of the nationalists and the nation’s founding fathers.
Salman tasks those seeking political power to always make provision for social infrastructure and good living condition for the masses, maintaining that the masses deserve care and attention from the political leaders.
He admonished politicians to remember that the office they occupy were temporary and the welfare of the masses who voted them into office should be taken care of.
In a sermon, Alhaji Ustaz Orimadegun, asked political office holders to be alive to their duties and provide citizens with good and qualitative education.
Orimadegun urged them to leave the legacy of integrity, stating that the electorates and history would never forget what they did in power.
He stressed that whatever they do in office would determine the kind of treatment they get from the people after leaving office.
Yet another scholar, Sheik Daoud Alfanla, tasked politicians to endeavour to discover the people’s needs in order to attend to them.
Alfanla cited examples of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the Qur’an, who had compassion for the people he governed and tasked those in the seat of power in Nigeria to emulate these modest examples.
Mr Niyi Aluko, the Coordinator of the Oranmiyan Group said the Ramadan lecture was also to mark the 61st birthday of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, who happens to be the founder and mentor of the Oranmiyan Group worldwide.
Aluko said Aregbesola was worth celebrating because he had transformed Osun in his seven and half years as governor, praying that whoever becomes the next governor should continue with the developmental programmes of the Aregbesola’s administration.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo