The Vice Chancellor, Fountain University, Osogbo, Professor Amidu Sanni has said that involvement of enlightened people from different callings and professions will challenge tyranny, arrogance, corruption and misrule of the constituted authorities in the management of the affairs of the country.
Professor Sanni, while speaking at this year’s Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter Annual Ramadan Lecture held recently at Afe Babalola Bar Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan on the topic ‘Sanctity of Trust Between Leadership & Followership: Islamic Perspective’, disclosed that the success and failure of every government is based on how the constituted authorities adhere to the four poles of welfare structure established by the almighty Allah.
“These include the knowledge of the knowledgeable, the prayers of the poor, the generosity of the wealthy and the justice of the leaders or rulers”.
The Islamic scholar, who is also the Chief Imam of Lagos State University (LASU) said that tasks attached to governance is too important and serious to be left to only the electors and the elected, adding that the concept of trust is not in any form affiliated with religion or personal consideration, rather almighty Allah has commanded that trust should be entrusted in those that qualified and can decide on issues among the people with fairness and justice.
Prof. Sanni described judges, lawyers, clerics, doctors, journalists, engineers, civil society organizations and all other institutions as conscience regulators, who have the responsibility to rise up to the challenge and serve as monitoring and quality assurance movement in governance to prevent misrule and corruption of the constituted authorities.
While speaking on duties and obligations of electors, he opined that it becomes the responsibility of electors to give ultimate loyalty and support to their elected leaders, as well as offering concrete and useful advice and hold them accountable for their actions, personal and public dispositions and their overall performances.
Professor Amidu Sanni reiterated also that a good leader must be trust worthy, competent, able, willing, tolerant and accountable to the people and should be able to decide with the truth and never submit to personal desires.
In his welcome address, the Chairman, Oyo State chapter of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Akeem Olatunji explained that the choice of topic was as a result of the situation the country finds itself. He described the rate at which poverty among the people, corruption among the elected officials and insecurity increases as alarming.
Bar Olatunji described the relationship between the rulers and the ruled as social contract, where the former, through a recognized process surrender their mandate to the latter to be governed and also to manage their commonwealth to prevent chaotic and disorderliness in the society.
He emphasized that the present situation in the country has revealed that the agreement between the electors and the elected has been breached, Adetunji, however, charged all and sundry to be mindful that there is no battalion of soldiers that can prevent or shield the betrayers of trust from the wrath of the almighty Allah.
In their goodwill messages, the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, Chairman, Ibadan Branch of Nigeria Bar Association Bar. John Oluwole Akintayo, INEC Chairman, Mutiu Agboke, Executive Secretary, MUSWEN, Prof. Dawud Noibi and Alhaji Sulaiman Oroyinyin, who is the Chairman of the occasion, submitted that lack of fear of God contributed to many tribulations confronting the country.
They maintained that the people should know and understand that every human activity is being monitored and recorded by almighty Allah and will serve as evidence on the Day of Judgment, where everyone will be judged according to his or her deeds.
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