The citizens as the followers

All praises are due to Allaah who is not elected into His throne  and is not deposed by anyone from His Kingdom. The issue of governance is an important aspect of Islamic political engineering hence the reason why responsibility of governance is shared by both the leader and the led.  A leader is not praised for doing what he or she is elected to do because it is not a favour. The citizens don’t keep quiet when a leader exhibits tyranny. Like Oscar Arias, a Noble Prize winner said, ‘Citizenship is more than a burden or a sacrifice. It is also a promise. It is an opportunity to transform reality, to make visible our dreams, to carve a better future, to love and to pursue happiness’.

Most people have heard about this ancient famous quote attributed to the father of modern medicine,Hippocrates. By medicine, it is meant a drug or other preparation for the treatment or prevention of diseases.

All Praises are due to Allaah who has honoured humankind as His viceroy on the surface of the earth. The issue of governance is an important aspect of human well being and it occupies an important position in Islam. When the universe was created by Allaah (SWT), He places man as an important being to administer and govern the universe and He made man the vicegerent on the surface of the earth. In Q2 : 30, Allaah says, ‘I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth’.  Again in Q. 6:165, this position is succinctly captured:

An aspect of health that is often neglected by many people is their mental wellbeing. Mental ill-health and their symptoms are often shrouded in mystery, superstitions, stigmatization, patronage of all sorts of ‘herbal’ therapies or traditional rituals, with inclusion of course, the ‘modern day’ religious/spiritual centres. Many affected persons go on suffering silently. If there is an aspect of health or ill-health that is greatly misunderstood, it is mental health issues! Yet, mental illnesses are among well-known health problems and whose care can adequately be provided for in orthodox medical care and practices. Hence, the need for our society to be more enlightened about mental health issues and the growing incidence of mental disorders in our clime. This is the modest goal of discussions on this column.

In the ongoing debate over restructuring, a critical factor that must never be ignored and which is central to all other dynamics is leadership reform.  As a matter of fact, there appears to be a national and global consensus amongst analysts, critics, scholars and ordinary Nigerians that the greatest problem confronting the country is lack of visionary and effective leadership. Even some critics, who, in their wisdom, would rather prefer to blame the system for Nigeria’s woes, have also come to accept the reality that the system cannot purge itself without the right leadership; in essence, the system requires good leadership to function properly.

An elixir of sort came the way of our dying democracy on December 14, 2016 when the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria rejected a letter from the presidency requesting the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu, as a substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Until the courageous refusal by the Senate not to use its sacred gavel to confer legitimacy on a man who has brazenly used the EFCC in a most crude manner to undermine human rights, the rule of law has been practically forced into coma in the supposed fight against corruption. But the justified process to stop the Magu cancer from spreading is not over yet, as anti-democratic elements are fighting back.

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