The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and Amir of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos, Saheed Ashafa (Ph.D), have urged Muslims to struggle for the reformation of Nigeria.
According to them, many challenges faced by Nigeria are because of manipulations by people in the position of power.
They lamented the increasing rate of thuggery, election and examination malpractices, corruption and destroyed the judiciary, civil service and security agencies.
Sanusi II, represented by Dr Bashir Umar of the Ado Bayero University, Kano, said this on the 9th Triennial National Conference of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria in Abuja.
Sanusi wondered why the ‘blind thirst for power has resulted in tribal and religious clashes’.
He said: “We have elite in the society that have received the best of care from the resources of the society. People of my age and those before me attended public schools from primary to university.
“Unfortunately, the elites that benefited from the system in the past have left public institutions to become vandalised, dilapidated and substituted it with a private education system that is affordable only to a very few.
“The health system has also been vandalised and now people have to go on medical tourism in India, Egypt, and Europe. The unfortunate thing is sometimes before you get the air ambulance the will of Allah will take place.
“This has to be changed and our duty as Muslims is to learn from the ideals of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to save the society from eminent danger that is facing it.”
On his part, Ashafa while speaking at the 107th Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) camp organized at seven zones in Lagos State, expressed displeasure over the growing rate of examination malpractices during examinations.
He said that Nigeria would hardly progress if the teachers and judges were corrupt and dishonest.
Ashafa said: “Judges are corrupt, teachers are corrupt. If these set of people are corrupt, society is in serious danger. When you are wrong, teachers are supposed to correct you. But in various schools teachers come at 8am and write 7amon the attendance list. A teacher who is a liar cannot reform a child. Collecting or giving bribes in government offices before getting a document is wrong and we should not do it.”