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Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
As the 2023 general elections draws near, eligible voters have been urged to troupe out to elect credible leaders Nigerians deserve to be truly united and deveped saying that the country does not need tribal or sectional leader
The founder and spiritual leader of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabit Ariyo Olagoke gave the charge at the grand finale of the 40th Annual Convention”Ishrat 2023″ of the Islamic organization held on Saturday at it’s headquarters, Wakajaye, Ibadan, the oyo state capital.
Delivering a lecture titled “Governance And Leadership : 2023 Elections And Effective Participation” Prof. Olagoke , who is the AroleOgunelu and Mogaji Agba of Aare Alasa Dynasty in Ibadan emphasized on the need for the incoming president of the country to play the role of an umpire to unite people of diverse backgrounds and opinions adding that the country needs a paradym shift in it’s leadership style of governance.
He said however, advised that leaders should not be chosen on account of their health status but on account of credibility and capacity to deliver service to the people as no human being is immuned from sicknesses just as he advised the emerging leader to engage technocrats and promote research for development.
“This is Hope 2023, thirty years after the dashed hope of 1993. ,If Abiola was sacrificed, we must not mortgage our conscience to have true democracy based on justice, equity for peace, safe and secured environment with sustainable development
“The INEC Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) Certification process we hope will lend credibility to the 2023 election process for free , credible and fair exercise, all of us must effectively participate in voting and monitoring to shun vices”he stated
According to him, whatever level of operation, emerging leaders must not be greedy, avaricious or selfish but be altruistic and accommodating in nature to be able to run the system through people’s participation and must be a goal getter by identifying challenges as summountable through collective efforts.
“Aspiring or emerging leaders must pursue the cause of credibility and goodness, dwelling on the living examples of successful leaders in the annals of record of the past while taking with seriousness and understanding of every related voice of reason, wisdom and divinity…
“In all, scripture compliance, tolerance, perseverance,fear of God and respect for other’s points of view become the bedrock of promoting love to achieve peace through exemplary leadership by example.”he concluded
In his remarks at the occasion, the Akire of Ikire land in Osun State, Oba Olatunde Falabi who described Prof. Sabit Ariyo Olagoke as an erudite scholar and orator grounded in both Islamic and western education said a country’s leadership is the reflection of it’s society
“Angels don’t descend from heaven to cast votes to elect our leaders but we the people, our leaders emerged from ourselves, when the people are bad , the leaders will be bad. “he stated
The monarch called for attitudinal change urging Nigerians to embrace love for one another and promote peace at all times irrespective of political or religious affiliations .
The occasion which also had in attendance the Olubadan of Ibadan land , HIM Oba Lekan Balogun Okunmade 1 represented by the Ayigun Olubadan of Ibadan land, Chief Ademola Odunade featured the commissioning of the organization’s Mission House by the monarch as well as the cutting of anniversary cake and presentation of awards to deserving members of the organization among others.
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