As Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Council marks her 40th Anniversary, an Islamic Scholar, Prof. Lai Olurode has called on the organisation to intensify positive engagements with political parties and seek inclusiveness in the national polity of Nigeria.
Olurode of Department of Sociology, University of Lagos (UNILAG) made the call in a Lecture titled “The Role of Followership in Leadership Success,” to mark the 40th Anniversary of the society.
“At this stage, Ansar-Ud-Deen has to adequately engage the state.
“You must work on spreading membership to achieve the best for the organisation.
“By now, there has to be a sincere action plan on seeking inclusiveness,” Olurode who doubles as the Chairman of the Unilag Muslim Community said.
The chairman also stressed that the Society should work on more visibility for the women folk in the organisation.
“ More policies that will make women more visible in our engagement with the stakeholders in our national polity.
“Women are very influential in driving the mission of any organization.”
Meanwhile, Olurode raised concern as to the extent the Society has been able to meet the objectives of its founding fathers after about 100 years of existence.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Ansar-Ud-Deen’s principal objectives are the promotion of education, reformation and propagation and defence of Islam.”
He said the organisation should build on the institutionalisation of its core values rather than building the Society around “a strong individual.”
“Members, who made up an institution whither but, the institution remains and should be able to survive its members as an enduring institution.
“It must have in-built mechanisms of membership renewal and the death of a member must not signal the atrophy of the organisation.
“One issue that retarded Africa’s development was life presidency and personalised rule,” he said.
The Deputy-Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Idiat Adebule, represented by Alhaji Abdukrazak Adetola urged Ansar-Ud-Deen to continue with operations that will address the modern realities and engender sustainable society.
She enjoined the leadership of the organisation to intensify efforts on programmes that will ensure peaceful coexistence of adherents of various faiths in the country.
Adebule assured that the government would continue to provide the enabling environment and make policies that will address religious disharmony.
The two-day anniversary featured the 15th Biennial Congress and 12th Merit Award in commemoration of the Lagos Council.
The Secretary, Committee of Arrangement, Mr Iskil Yusuf said the anniversary was an avenue for all the state councils and branches to meet, celebrate and hold elections every three years.
By Miftaudeen Raji