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The League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun state has urged politicians in Nigeria to avoid money politics and allow free election in the upcoming 2023 elections.
The body of Islamic leaders in Ogun state urged both federal and state governments to demonstrate the genuine capacity and readiness to secure the lives and properties of the citizens.
They also urged federal government to show genuine interest to change the ugly narratives in the nation’s university system, and honour all contractual agreements without further delay.
The league stated this in a press statement jointly signed by its President General and the Secretary-General, Chief Imam, Dhikrullahi Afe-Babalola and Chief Imam Tajudeen Mustapha respectively on the state of the nation .
The league said that Nigeria would remain a failed state if there are no deliberate commitments by the government to resolve the problems confronting the country .
Speaking on the on going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the clerics, said the research has shown that the union had gone on strike 16 times since 1999.
The clerics advised the federal government to lead the way towards revitalising the University education in the country and repositioning it to its rightful status.
They said ” the Ogun State Muslim community is grossly displeased with the government for allowing what was meant to be a warning strike to become an indefinite strike in the University system.
“The incessant strike actions have rendered the teeming youth in the country grossly incapacitated, unskilled and lazy.
“From 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic rule till date, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had gone on strike 16 times which had covered a period of fifty two months. This means that Federal and some State Universities had been closed due to strike actions by ASUU alone for four years and four months. Academic activities had also been disrupted by strike actions embarked upon by other university unions at various times.”
On the challenges of insecurity , the league said it “condemns in strong terms the Owo killings, the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, banditry, cultists mayhem and other related criminal activities in the country.
“Nigeria as a country would remain a failed state if there are no deliberate commitments by the governments at all levels to the education and capacity building of its populace.”
Assessing the state of education sector, the league said the sector is not in a good condition.
It said “the governments should honour all contractual agreements without further delay and lead the way towards revitalising the University education in the country and repositioning it to its rightful status.
“Government should create enabling environment where ordinary citizens could make legitimate earnings. Nigerian youths are not naturally lazy, but the Nigerian system has disorientated them. There is virtually nothing an ordinary Nigerian is enjoying as a citizen of the country.”
The release read partly, “politicians to play down on money politics and allow the Nigerian citizenry to freely elect credible individuals into positions of authority. The choice of our preferred candidate should go beyond pedestal sentiments such as religion, ethnicity and others which had been the divisive tools in the hands of the politician.”
“We pray for the leadership of the country for divine wisdom to properly direct our affairs. We would not relent in supporting our Governments through fervent prayers for divine intervention.” He concluded.
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