Take Active Part in Politics, NACOMYO Challenges Muslims
The Guest lecturer, Ustadh Murtadha Mogaji
Muslims have been implored to take active interest in politics in order to sanitise the political space in Nigeria.
This charge was made by the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), Lagos State chapter during its Muslim Youth Assembly held at Islamiyya Central Mosque, Lagos Island at the weekend.
The state chairman, Alhaji Isiaka Salami, while charging Muslims to take active part in political activities, said they cannot continue to leave politics because of perception that it is a dirty game
.‘We cannot reform the political space by proxy. We have got to step in to ensure that the process is reform. It would continue to be dirty for as long as clean people don’t get involved’, Salami said.
He implored Muslims who have not obtained their voter cards to make necessary sacrifice to obtain them within the time left.
Delivering the lecture entitled Muslims, Politics and Intricacies in the Southwest, Ustadh Murtadha Mogaji, charged Muslims to obtain their permanent voter cards and ensure they cast their votes in the 2023 elections for candidates that will promote the interest of the religion.
He also challenged Muslim political office holders to ensure the interest of the religion is reflected in their service and conduct.
Lamenting the precarious condition of Islam in the Southwest, Mogaji said Muslims in the region have been used against each other, citing the examples of the rivalry between Late Professor Agbalajobi and Chief Dapo Sarumi in the Third Republic in Lagos and the recent clash between former Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his successor, Adegboyega Oyetola in Osun State which have resulted in Muslims losing out of power game.
Mogaji charged Muslim opinion leaders to put the larger interest of the religion above their personal interest in their relationship with political leaders.
He therefore challenged them to look beyond crumbs such as Hajj slots and other material things which are ephemeral.