RAMADAN LECTURE: PROF BALA APPLAUDS NTA MINNA

 

The event took place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State.

Speaking during the event, Prof. Bala, who was the Chairman of the occasion said that this year’s topic is very important, especially as some parts of the country are seriously facing security challenges.

He pointed out that leadership is not only placed on the president, governors, Emirs or the Vice-Chancellors but virtually all people are leaders by their own right at different levels, adding that leadership starts from the family level.

Prof. Bala explained that as part of the socialization process, leadership actually start from home, depending on how children are moulded and gradually come into the mainstream of the society.

He reiterated that in northern Nigeria today, the big and major issue was that of kidnapping and this did not happen overnight as sighs were there but unfortunately, the leadership failed in tackling it when it should have been tackled.

“Problems of armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, we have to look at the fundamental problems and it is only by addressing the fundamental problems that we will begin to experience peace in our areas,” the VC said.

“Military action alone would not solve the problems if the underlying problems are not tackle and we are yet to see politicians taking the right steps,” Prof. Bala stated.

In his goodwill message, HRH. Alh. Yusuf Nuhu, Emir of Agaie, said that this year’s lecture was like a forum where people gather and get enlightened, particularly the Ulamas, who would soon go into Ramadan Tafsir.

He also called on the Islamic preachers to teach Muslims to promote peace and unity amongst people.

The Emir urged leaders to always fear Allah and do justice in dealing with their subjects.

In his opening remarks, the DG, NTA, Malam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed who was represented by the Director, News and Current Affairs, NTA, Minna, Moh’d Doma, said the reason for organising the lecture was to remind the Muslims of the responsibilities God bestowed on them and what is expected of them.

Delivering his paper, Prof. Ahmed Bello Dogarawa, Lecturer, Department of Accounting, ABU, Zaria outlined the responsibilities of good leaders in Islam as establishing Allah’s law for the people, enforcing judgement among contenders and resolving cases among disputants. Also to preserving their five basic necessities which are: religion, life, intellect, honour and their wealth.

He defined a leader as a servant and guardian who seeks the welfare of the led and serves them and protect them against tyranny and oppression, guides them to good, encourages the fear of God in them and promotes justice amongst people.

Prof. Dogarawa said that Nigeria is experiencing serious security challenges such as the activities of Boko Haram in the northeast, banditry and cattle rustling in northwest, herder farmer and ethno-religions crisis in the northcentral, Niger Delta militants in south south, IPOB in southeast and OPC and cultism in southwest.

He revealed that the activities of these group have within the last three decades led to the death of tens of thousands of people, displacement of hundreds of thousands and destruction of properties worth billions of naira.

The don noted that security is the business of every member of the society and that individuals and communities should contribute to addressing it by teaching and inculcating the fear of God.

He advised government to be more proactive and dynamic in tackling security challenges in the country.

The discussant of the paper, Sheikh Abdullahi Aboki, Chief Imam, the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, commended the speaker for a good presentation. He quoted a popular Du’a by Sheikh Usman Danfodio:

“O Allah show us the way and guidance and give us the ability and capability to follow the right path and show us what is wrong and give us the ability and capacity to shun the evil.”

He noted that the major causes of insecurity in Nigeria was the issue of imbalance, as the rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer in the society.
He advised the federal government to reduce salaries of both the federal and state assembly members in the country.

Giving his vote of thanks, Dauda Moh’d of NTA, Minna prayed and wished all the participants journey mercies back to their respective destinations.


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