…Youth leader urges support for Buhari’s efforts
Chris Steven, Abuja
The Chief Imam of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (AUDS), Abuja Branch Dr. Musa Olaofe, has called for the convocation of a youth presidential conference, to enhance the success of the present administration’s war on corruption.
He made the call on Saturday in Abuja while delivering a lecture at the annual conference of Ansar-Ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN), held in Gwagwalada.
He said the need for President Muhammadu Buhari, to sit down with Nigerian youth, at a conference to be conveyed by him (Buhari) cannot be over emphasised because the youth need to buy into his anti-corruption war to make it succeed.
Speaking on the theme: “The Muslim Youth and Nigeria’s War on Corruption”, Dr. Olaofe said Nigerian youth are usually carried away by the spur of the moment and that as such government must communicate to them, to let them know that the survival of Nigeria is in their interest and that of their children.
“The President must not wait until they start using our youth to campaign against the war on corruption before taking action. Nigerian youth must buy into the project, if it must succeed. And one way to do that is for the President to consider sitting with the youth at a conference to be convened by him, where together with Nigerian youth, a way forward for Nigeria can be planned. Government must also make deliberate effort to involve youths in running the affairs of the country.
“If Nigeria must survive, the youth must support the present administration’s fight against corruption. Any public servant whose bank balance is over and above the monthly earnings, should be investigated and appropriate sanctions meted out on such a person. As Muslim youths, you must not be agents of violence and you must not allow anyone to use you to cause violence. If anyone ask you to go and fight, tell the person to put forward his children, then you follow the person behind, “he added.
In his address Chairman, ADYAN Northern States Council, Dr. Bashir Omipidan, called on Nigerians to rally round Buhari and be patient with him, saying that the rot the President met could not be cleared in a day.
While insisting that there must be no sacred cows in the government’s fight against corruption, Omipidan said Nigerian youths are not oblivious of the myriad of criticisms that his government has received since assumption of office.
“It is in the light of the above that we call on all Nigerians to support and be patient with his administration on the basis of the fact that ‘Makkah was not built in a day.’ The rot he met cannot be cleared in a day, it’s a gradual thing and patience, like all religious books have emphasised should be our watchword. We are equally in support of the anti-corruption posture of the Buhari led administration.
“While urging us all to queue behind it, federal government must ensure there are no sacred cows as that is the only way our present sacrifices will not be in vain. Let every Nigerian know that it is no longer business as usual,” he added.