Islamic cleric tackles Buhari on recurrent insecurity, economic crisis

An Islamic Cleric, Dr Ridwan Olagunju has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration on the recurrent insecurity and economic crisis among others, that have been ravaging the country.

Olagunju, who was the guest lecturer, made this known during the 12th Annual Ramadan Lecture and Special Prater for the Nation, organised by the AbdulWahid Islamic Foundation in Lagos on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the lecture is “Societal Ill And Corruption : The Islamic Solutions.

Olagunju regretted that it did not appear that the current administration was ready to solve the challenges facing the country.

The cleric noted that the people were all aware of the social ills going on in the country, which were banditry, terrorism, there was corruption there was human killing and rituals.

He said: “All this and many more are problems we are facing today in the country and it does not appear that the current administration is not ready to help the citizens.

“I say this without any form of apology because about seven years that President Muhammadu Buhari has been sitting on top of Nigeria.

“You remember that things are not getting better but things are getting worse for instance, the inflation rate before Buhari came to power was nine per cent now it is 25 per cent.

“The GDP has now decline by four million dollars, the price of Pump price before be came into power was N86 now it is N165 per litre.

“The dollars use to exchange for N180 now it is almost N600 per dollar. Things are getting worse and it doesn’t appear that they are bother with the situation of insecurity in the country.”

Olagunju said the Nigerians would quite agree with him that members of the House of Representatives had called for the immediate sack of National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Chief of Army Staff.

According to him, the call for their sack was because the security story of the country is nothing to write home about.

The cleric noted that the significance of this lecture was to tell the leaders that they were living on the surface of the earth today but a day would come when they would go to the earth beyond.

He warned that on that day if they run the affairs of the country well they would see it.

Olagunju said for them to avoid woos that would be awaiting them in their shallow graves it would be better for them to reflect on how they have been ruling us and change for the good.

Hon. Femi Saheed, a member of the Lagos House of Assembly, representing Kosofe Constituency I, said the only way to fight corruption in the country was to start the campaign from the home.

Saheed said: “We can combat corruption in the country if we go back to the family as a whole and start teaching our children the good moral behavior.

“If the society has a good moral behavior then the country will have easily move to a better society.

“The government should also put in place sensitisation and advocacy programme right from the schools and to the family in educating the children against corruption.

“When you tackle issues from the bae, you will get it to the top and get it right and this foundation is at the frontline of what the government is advocating.”

Saheed said the Lagos Assembly had recently passed some bills that would further reduce corruption in the public service.

The Grand Patron of the foundation, Sheikh AbdulRafil Awwal noted that the lecture centered on the corruption in the society and how it could be handled by the government.

Awwal said this was the reason the foundation invited different clerics and lawmaker to give lectures on the solutions to the challenges and how they could avoid running fowl of the law.

The cleric said if the lecture that had been learnt could be inculcated into the system then Nigeria would be a better country.

He said the lecture had taught participants and parents to also pay attention and monitor the whereabouts of their children. (NAN)

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