Islamic scholars advocate active youth participation in politics

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Abeokuta, Jan. 21, 2023 (NAN) Islamic scholars have enjoined youths to participate actively in politics and to embrace empowerment programmes put in place by government at all levels to boost employment.

They said this at the seventh Dawah Retreat of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO), Southern Zone, on Saturday in Abeokuta.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat was themed: “Towards a New Nigeria: Youth on Call.”

The scholars noted that involvement of the youth in government empowerment programmes would rid the country of crime and promote growth and development of the economy.

Prof. AbdulAfis Oladosu, a former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Univeristy of Ibadan, noted that poor parenting, exposure to social media and search for materialism were the major causes of societal ills.

Oladosu said that success in life rests on three pillars namely, divinity, capacity and opportunity.

He said that youths should give positive meanings and directions to their lives via correct appraisal and problem-solving ventures.

Oladosu noted that the retreat was timely, at the period when the country is preparing for the general elections.

Also speaking, Dr Toafeek Saluadeen, Dean, School of Arts and Social Science, Federal College of Education, Osiele Abeokuta, called on youths, especially Muslims, to work toward a political responsibility.

Saluadeen spoke on the topic; “The Political Power, Where are Muslims: A memory lane and its Reawakening.”

Saluadeen said participation of Muslims in politics would create an avenue for them to partake in governance, and also protect Muslims fundamental Allah’s given right.

He called on Muslims to participate actively in politics, saying if muslims were not active in politics, it may deny them of their fundamental human rights and fair share of dividends of democracy.

Saluadeen also urged Muslims to participate in the forthcoming elections and ensure they elect credible leaders that would better the lots of the country.

Another scholar, Alhaji Adebisi Osolase, urged the youths to develop their administrative capacity.

Osolase said that for an administrator to effectively perform his or her duty and responsibility, he or she must fill the role of leader, mentor, manager, decider and a builder.

In his remark, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, represented by his consultant on Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Iskeel Lawal, underscored the significance of collaboration between government and youths.

Abiodun that he would continue to be fair to all religious groups in decision making.

In his Welcome address, the Zonal chairman of NACOMYO, Imam Idris Yusuf, commended the Ogun State Government for its approval of the use of hijabs in public schools and its various youth empowerment programmes.

Yusuf also commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for extension of the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards.

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