The Muslim Congress (TMC) on Friday disassociated itself from the N4 billion spiritual largess allegedly distributed to some religious organisations by former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa.
The Amir (President) of TMC, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, made the clarification while addressing participants at the formal opening of the 22nd National Islamic Training Programme (NITP) held at Vanguard Academy, Odosengolu near Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
The media is awash about the largess, said to be part of the $2.1 billion dollars meant for arms purchase but allegedly diverted for political campaign of the defeated People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
It was reported that Dasuki told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that about N4 billion out of the $2.1 billion arms deal was for spiritual purpose.
But the Amir (President) of TMC, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, said that the Congress never collected one kobo from the said `spiritual fund’.
AbdurRaheem identifies bad governance, corruption and Godlessness as some of the factors responsible for the challenges facing Nigeria.
He maintained that the problem will remain with Nigeria until all Nigerians imbibe positive attitude change towards all their activities adding that the concept of change is vehicle to get to the Promised Land.
“Nigerians failed to realise its development objectives because many of us lack traits of total leadership.
“Nigeria at the dawn of independence witnessed remarkable socio-economic and political development, which earned her the appellation ‘Giant of Africa and Hope of Black Race’.
“Our change is different from the All Progressives, Congress (APC’s) change and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) transformation agenda.
“Rather it is more all-embracing because change in Islam is rooted in morality, piety and goodness.
“If the prescriptions of Allah on dynamics of change as contained in the verse above are imbibed and practically enforced by Muslims, Nigeria will undergo a sustainable socio-economic and political development for the benefit of all and sundry.
“We need Muslims with a clear change vision, a comprehensive Da’wah programme, having fixed priorities and well defined strategies to change Nigeria for the best,” AbdurRaheem said.
In his lecture on the theme of the camping programme “Change: The Islamic Approach”, the Guest Speaker, Ustaz Abdulateef Sulaiman, maintained that Islam provides the best model of change and solving world problems.
Sulaiman, who is a Senior Lecturer at St. Augustine College of Education, Yaba, recalled how Islam ruled the world and offered the best leadership style.
He asked Nigerians to be patient and ready to bear the consequences, pains and sacrifices resulting from positive change.
High point of the occasion was the launch of N10 million appeal fund for official bus for the organisation.