A non-governmental organization of the Al-Habibiyah Islamic Society known as The Just Foundation has sought collaboration of the Kogi state council of Ulamah and Jama’atul Nasurul Islam (JNI) for its anti corruption crusade in the state.
The Executive Director of the Foundation and Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyah, Imam Fuad Adeyemi, who said this while addressing the groups separately, maintained that the fight against corruption in Nigeria needed a multisectoral approach for it to succeed. Imam Adeyemi said that the organization, which is being supported by the MacArthur Foundation, is carrying out a project tagged: “Encouraging Accountability and Transparency through Faith-based Intervention (EAT-FIn).”
The project has the main objective of promoting transparency/ accountability and reducing corruption in governance through preaching. He called on Islamic clerics and scholars in Kogi State to support the project aiming at completing the efforts of government in fighting corruption and promoting good governance in the country.
He said corruption has eaten deep into the various facets of the nation’s socio-economic life, hence the need to embrace a multisectoral approach in addressing the malaise. “We are one of the most religious country in the world and any thing you want to achieve, must pass through religious houses, hence the faith base organisation.” “Islam is a religion that fights corruption from the inception.
There are so many quaranic verses that Allah tells you, you must not even give bribes. Allah said when you are judging, you must just with judgement. When you are leading people, you must return the trust to them.” “Anti-corruption has been inbuilt in Islam and that is why we are taking it from there. We cannot continue to stand and be watching until we are consumed by corruption.”
“Whether we like it or not, corruption does not know religion. As it affects the Muslims, it affects the Christians. Those who are corrupt don’t think of religion. All of us have to come together to fight corruption so that we can have better society,” he added.
He said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has done a lot of work in the fight against corruption but that more hands must be on deck from faith based organisations to fight the scourge of corruption. In their separate remarks, the Kogi State Chairman of the Council of Ulamau, Sheikh Salman Adams and his counterparts from the JNI, Amb. Usman Bello commended the body for the initiative and promised to support the project to ensure its success in the state.
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