Nsukka Imam urges Nige­ri­ans to obey lead­ers

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The Chief Imam, Univer­sity of Nige­ria, Nsukka Cen­tral Mosque and Vice-pres­i­dent, Nige­rian Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs, Sheik Adam Idoko, has urged Nige­ri­ans to obey elected and ap­pointed lead­ers to move the coun­try for­ward.

Idoko, who gave the ad­vice in Nsukka yes­ter­day dur­ing a prayer ses­sion to mark the Eid el-Fitri, said all lead­ers were ap­proved by God, as no­body could make him­self or her­self a leader.

“We should be obe­di­ent and sub­mis­sive to our lead­ers be­cause it is God that put them there. Ev­ery lead­er­ship comes from God and the Holy Ko­ran says, we should obey those in author­ity,’’ he said.

He said the rate at which some Nige­ri­ans con­demn gov­ern­ment poli­cies and pro­grammes just to black­mail the gov­ern­ment in power was un­fair.

“We should try to en­cour­age our lead­ers and sup­port their pro­grammes to move the coun­try for­ward. Lead­ers on their own part should be com­pas­sion­ate on their sub­jects by treat­ing them fairly and not di­vert­ing money meant for devel­op­ment to their per­sonal pocket. Nige­ri­ans should re­spect their fel­low hu­man be­ings based on his good char­ac­ter and not be­cause of the wealth the per­son has,’’ he said.

The Imam thanked Al­lah for a suc­cess­ful Ra­madan fast and harped on the need for Mus­lims to use the lessons learnt dur­ing the Ra­madan to live in peace with their cre­ator and their fel­low hu­man be­ings.

Idoko com­mended Gov. Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi’s de­vel­op­men­tal stride, es­pe­cially in the area of road con­struc­tion which he noted, made all parts of the state ac­ces­si­ble. (NAN)

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