The anti corruption agencies like Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences commission (ICPC), Economic and financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and others cannot succeed in the war against corruption without the synergy of religious leaders in the country.
This was contained in a communique issued by the duo of Engineer Teribiya B. S. Aderinto Chairman, Communique Drafting committee and Professor S. A. Olagoke JP, the spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen In-Islam Worldwide after the 2017 Ishrat of the Movement that took place at the Head Quarters of the Mission at Wakajaye Ibadan.
The mission noted that despite efforts being made by the government to wipe out corruption, it remains a serious problem calling for spiritual attention.
“Corruption still remains the bane of Nigeria’s economic challenges thriving on the loss of our core values of integrity. Religious houses should be pragmatic in their preaching by emphasizing morality and core values of integrity as a way of building ambassadors who will be honourable and reliable representatives of their religious learnings.”
“This will be through intuitive appliation of scriptural lessons when they get to political positions and public offices, they recommended.
The Islamic Group also called on the homes and the school to train and teach desirable behaviours through role modeling.
“That for the success of the Government cubing corruption and creating an enabling environment for development, all hands must be on deck; hence all are enjoined to support Government activities directed at revamping the ailing economy to avoid working at cross purposes.
The Islamic leaders reiterated their call for diversification of the Nigerian economy in favour of agriculture with emphasis on mechanization and value chains “addition to enhance youth employment and guarantee increased Gross Domestic Product” (GDP).
On the spate of unemployment, the clerics said “Our educational policy deserves to be highly enriched with vocational orientations content and entrepreneurship training. This will not only punch the thirst for employment among youths but will also curb the attendant social vices and crimes.”
They noted that the youths are veritable tools for development as most of them are endowed with potentials or energy deposits with the readiness to make remarkable impacts on national development adding “government should therefore tap the best of the youths through capacity building for youth empowerment.
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