Islamic Cleric Urges Leaders To Address Poverty

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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 Ansar–ud–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 country’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.

“It 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.

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“This is the only way we can steer the ship of the country back to the path of economic development and sustainable growth,” he said.

Okuleye said that clerics across the various religious affiliations would continue to support the nation’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.

“We are always preoccupied with acquisition of worldly material gains to the detriment of doing good in seeking God’s favour for a positive life after death.

“We 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,” 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)