Sul­tan blames money-based pol­i­tics on cor­rup­tion

Sunday Trust - - NEWS -

The Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said yes­ter­day that money based pol­i­tics was a ma­jor fac­tor re­spon­si­ble for un­prece­dented cor­rup­tion and bad gov­er­nance in the coun­try.

The monarch, who is also the Pres­i­den­tGen­eral, Nige­ria Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs (NSCIA), spoke at the 23rd Ummah Con­ven­tion, or­gan­ised by the Ummah Move­ment, in Abuja.

The theme of the con­ven­tion was, “The Mus­lim Voice on Good Gov­er­nance in Nige­ria.“

He re­gret­ted that the na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal cul­ture had de­te­ri­o­rated and be­come in­creas­ingly mer­can­tile, where money be­comes ev­ery­thing, say­ing “we can­not al­low full reins to money pol­i­tics and ex­pect cor­rup­tion to go away.

“This is partly re­spon­si­ble for bad gov­er­nance that has char­ac­terised our polity, sub­vert­ing our de­vel­op­ment, per­pe­trat­ing poverty and elic­it­ing the un­end­ing so­cial con­flicts.

“This money based pol­i­tics will con­tinue to fuel the un­prece­dented cor­rup­tion we see in our so­ci­ety; as a re­sult of these our pris­tine val­ues as peo­ple have been sup­planted and our fu­ture thrown into jeop­ardy.

“All lead­ers, po­lit­i­cal, spir­i­tual and tra­di­tional need to come to­gether to sal­vage our polity from dan­gers that the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cul­ture poses.

“The con­se­quences of ig­nor­ing these stan­dards are al­ready show­ing and we must not wait un­til the bub­bles busts, “the Sul­tan said.

He ad­mon­ished lead­ers at all lev­els to take is­sues of lead­er­ship se­ri­ously, say­ing “we can­not ig­nore cen­turies old wis­dom which places high pre­mium on lead­er­ship and places cri­te­ria for shoul­der­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties”.

He said that in Is­lam, lead­er­ship was fun­da­men­tal and it was bestowed at ev­ery level as a trust from Al­lah and for which Al­lah would hold those en­trusted to ac­count.

The monarch, there­fore, ad­vised Mus­lims to be at the fore­front in ad­vo­cat­ing and lead­ing with ex­am­ples in pro­mot­ing ideals of good gov­er­nance.

Sul­tan noted that in Is­lam gov­er­nance was peo­ple cen­tred, de­signed to meet the wel­fare and se­cu­rity of cit­i­zens, adding that the mea­sure of good gov­er­nance was the qual­ity of life of the gov­erned.

Ear­lier, Mrs Amina Omoti, for­mer Na­tional Ami­rah, Fed­er­a­tion of Mus­lim Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion in Nige­ria (FOMWAN), said good gov­er­nance was a very im­por­tant as­pect of hu­man ex­is­tence. (NAN)

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