21st November, 2011
An Islamic cleric, Alhaji Nurudeen Okuleye, has appealed to Nigerian leaders to urgently address the increasing rate of poverty and insecurity in the country.
Okuleye, Lagos State chairman of the Ansarâ€“udâ€“Deen Society of Nigeria, made the appeal on Sunday at the 6th Ola-Ayinde Foundation Memorial Lecture, held at Ebute-Metta, in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the annual lecture is organised in memory of a former chairman of the religious body, Alhaji Surajudeen Ola-Ayinde.
Okuleye said that the increasing level of poverty and insecurity posed a grave danger to the countryâ€™s progress and continuous peaceful co-existence among the citizenry.
He urged the government to accord top priority to the creation of job opportunities for the youth and support their various vocational and agricultural schemes with needed funds to achieve the desired results.
â€œIt is high time leaders at the helm of affairs made jobs readily available for our teeming youths, and embark on well-funded vocational and agricultural schemes.
â€œThis is the only way we can steer the ship of the country back to the path of economic development and sustainable growth,â€ he said.
Okuleye said that clerics across the various religious affiliations would continue to support the nationâ€™s leaders with prayers to enable them to succeed in their official responsibilities.
He urged Muslims to always engage in acts that would prepare them positively for life after death.
â€œWe are always preoccupied with acquisition of worldly material gains to the detriment of doing good in seeking Godâ€™s favour for a positive life after death.
â€œWe should always have at the back of our minds that one day this worldly material will serve us no good but our good deeds will,â€ Okuleye said
Alhaji Ade Sanni, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, said that it had given scholarship awards to three students presently studying in higher institutions in the state. (NAN)