From: Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
The National Chief Imam and Executive Director of Al-Habibiyya Islamic Society, Imam Fuad Adeyemi, has called on Nigerians to consider and screen any candidates who is seeking for any elected positions in the forthcoming general elections, as well as not to also sale their conscious for money voting.
He stated this at weekend in Birnin- Kebbi during an opening ceremony of a three-day workshop for selected 81 Chief Imams in Kebbi state on entitled “Encouraging Accountability and Transparency Through Faith -Based Intervention (EAT-Fln)”.
He added that Nigerians should go against voting for corrupt candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, noting that if such candidates emerged across the country, the nation might sink.
The Abuja based Islamic scholars who lamented over consequences of corruption in Nigeria, noted that the resurface of insurgents, large number of out -of -school children, poverty and poor infrastructure facilities in Nigeria’s schools were caused by actions of corrupt leaders.
Making reference to unpaid salaries across the country, Imam Adeyemi said “Allah says that those leaders who are using their positions to oppress the people would not smell paradise. Not only that, those of them who are cheating their people, taking away all the means they would use to survive from them, would suffer on earth and hereafter.
“Now that election is coming, to us Nigerians, we should not vote base on religion, tribes or because of peanuts from them. If we voted for them on the basis of peanuts, they will also serve us on the basis of you have collected from them. And this is the act of corruption.
“So, all Nigerians must rise up to reject corrupt leaders, because the situation is like a ship on the sea. While passengers at the bottom are breaking the deck of the ship to drink water, if those people at the top did not stop them, all of them will sink and perish in the sea together. That is what may happen in Nigeria if corrupt leaders were elected “.
Imam Adeyemi urged Chief Imams and others religious leaders in the country to use their positions in the society to preach against corruption and enlighten their general public about evils of graft on all the nation’s sectors.