Prof. Sabitu Olagoke
Success is a measuring parameter to assess the impact of the expended energy against the backdrop of the expected outcome. Success as a tool could be likened to virtue which could be applied to sharpening any object into the desired form.
Success is the ultimate level of achievement whereby destination would be equated with destiny in the lifetime of a man, most especially in the cause of his struggles to make it in life.
In marketing, the packaging is an essential tool for the successful sale of goods and services.
Hard work is a major requirement for success.
At the homefront, success depends on how both parties are able to administer it. Success revolves around happiness and fertility. The success of a marriage may be determined by so many factors such as infidelity and domestic violence. The efforts to sustain a marriage are, therefore, hinged on premarital counseling and the intervention of the almighty God in the affairs of the couple.
The culture of respect and avoidance of abuses or despicable attitude is sacrosanct to the success of the home. In the area of childrearing, parents must ensure that they bring up their children in ways that are morally and religiously acceptable.
In the work environment, success depends on productivity, dedication, and efficiency for the employer and the employee.
Leadership and management would be regarded as successful, when the impact of governance and administration is felt, through a high index of the people's welfare ins reference to their basic needs, amenities, and functional infrastructure.
The government would only be described as a success when all that makes life bearable for the people are provided.
Above all, mentorship plays a pivotal role in the quest to attain success. It is only a good leader that would sustain and improve on his predecessor's performances.
A favorable or desired outcome of any action or process attempted, is, therefore, a good measure of success if it is advantageous and beneficial to others as well as making the people be prosperous.
Success is usually arrogated to every human who is able to pursue a cause through a positive concept and mindset.
Greed is an innate characteristic usually exhibited by people with excessive lust and a craze for materialism.
Psychologically, it is viewed as hereditary. In this wise, if not curbed at the early stage of childhood, it could become a biological fluid for impunities.
The affected individual grows up to become greedy by acquiring wealth beyond the fundamental needs of man to live in affluence or an ostentatious manner. This is known as Timocracy.
This is a state wherein every available opportunity to serve becomes a golden opportunity to accumulate wealth illegally, without recourse to transparency and accountability.
The greedy individual eventually becomes selfish by violating the fundamental rights of others to access good life.
Low Human Development Index in several nations is a fallout of the activities of such nations' greedy leaders.
Such nations become overwhelmed by various forms of crimes such as pick-pocketing, terrorism, ritual killings, armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping among others.
The solution to this is Psychological Counseling Therapy at the formal and informal educational levels.
The cultural setting must not compromise the need for every person to uphold the principles of self-esteem and integrity.
Our value system must not condone vices such as greed, covetousness, and avarice.
Again, in a sizable number of nations, political office holders who attained positions of trust through the assumption that they are competent and fit to occupy such offices, have proved that the basis of their election and appointments revolved around false premises. Their acts of commission or omission plunged their countries into multifaced economic problems such as unemployment, hunger, and poverty.
In the final analysis, when we live as solutions to other people's concerns, worries, or problems, we would not be lured into the temptation of greediness, selfishness, and the grasping desire to possess material things.
Above all, firmness or deterrence is always an effective mitigating tool to reduce or curb vices such as greed or avarice.
The government at all levels has been called upon to refrain from sins to ensure the promotion of a sanitised and secured society.
This call was made by the Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke contained in his Eid 'L Kabir message.
''As we celebrate Eid 'L Kabir, let the Government at all levels and its people refrain from sins but focus on the onerous task of restoring sanity, security, and sustainable development in Nigeria,'' Prof. Olagoke counseled.
When one accepts a faith, it is for one to be submitted to the will of his or her creator for the purpose of destiny realization.
This is because in every religion there is always a mechanism to regulate and control all affairs, most especially in the area of personal rule, social and spiritual control for all activities to be duly regulated in the line with the upheld scripture which must be the supreme consultation by which adherents are supposed to live their lives because all scriptures are considered to have a divine construct, religious curriculum, therefore, is expected to be more superior in value and potency, than the social construct we call the nation's constitution.
Religion and those who symbolize its existence usually play the tertiary fiddle and are classified into the poor second to the fourth estate of the realm of the government-the Media, which is but equally abused into the poor state of a watchdog for the government to play around most of the time as a pun in the hands of the powerful.
1Corithians 6: 5-10 alludes to the above observations. ''I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7Now, therefore there is utterly a fault among you because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be Not Deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.''
This is why in clear terms the Almighty Allah admonished the Muslims not only to be true believers but to truly resolve conflicts through the process of Mediation, Conciliation, and Arbitration and at the utmost level to use the Scripture to adjudicate on any ensuing matters. The Holy Quran refers, ''To thee, we send the Scripture in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: So judge between them by what Allah hath revealed(the Jews through the old Testament, the Christians through the New Testament and the Muslims through the Holy Quran to avoid sentiments or bias for a religion other than that of our faith, with a clear purpose to respect individual fundamental human rights), and follow not their vain desires diverging from the Truth that hath come today to each among you have we prescribed the law and an open way. If Allah has so willed, He would have made you a single person, but His plan is to test you in what He hath given you: So strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah. It is He that will show you the Truth of the matters in which He disputes.''
For the above reasons, let us all put on the armor of prayer and the virtue of patience, perseverance, and tolerance in our homes, large compounds, communities, and the society as adherents of our faiths that have learned sufficiently enough in the houses of God to the benefit of self and the society through settling conflicts without external intervention.
The best option to keep up with amity in the home and peaceful co-existence in the society is to live by the Scripture for the benefit of others. Do not allow sins to develop into crimes. They are preventable
Nigerians need to be grateful to God who gave us the opportunity to have a successful election exercise that eventually produced a President Elect against all odds and without fatalities.
The President Elect therefore needs to know the areas of credence and professional capability of his Vice, with whom he must work together for good.
The challenges ahead generally calling for earlier secession bid of some sections in the country, constitution amendment, need for ease of restructuring to aid and enhance accelerated development for the Nation under them must be promptly addressed.
The four major areas needing prompt attention and purposeful focus are:1. National Security 2. National Unity3. Effective Economic Management4. Foreign Affairs with good international relations principles.
It is of common knowledge to the lovers of Nigeria and their agitators' counterparts that Nigeria is already heading for the precipice due to value degradation and collapse of all agents of socialization.
Value restoration is therefore germane to effectively reinvent Nigeria into a rebranded Nation where democracy will work on the two legs of Justice and Equity for its dividend to produce Peace and Sustainable Development.Regeneration and resuscitation of our past Glory anchored on the theme of our National Anthem - that the efforts of our heroes past shall never be in vain, needs to be our guiding principles.
The expectations of all Nigerians are high based on the President Elect's antecedent of strategic planning that truly transformed Lagos State into the dream of a mega city for Nigeria and upon which your successors Governor of Lagos State build their feet.
Your being there as President Elect, therefore, is a matter of no lost hope and fulfilment of destiny for Nigeria to be rightly transformed.Right funding that would be enough to promote functional education is desired.
Motivation for teachers and lecturers, and facility updates for dynamic educational institutions is primarily sacrosanct. Enhancement of orientation for students on self-employment with focus on vocation for SMEs as feeder packages for full industrialization is equally a necessity.
The APC government target on promotion of zero tolerance for corruption and institutional indiscipline must be pursued to sustainable realization point for true accelerated development with enhanced high indicators of development to be achieved.
Dignity of labour too must be restored to avoid further waywardness and frivolities in wealth acquisition by Nigerians.
Above all, sanity must be restored in the key areas of human dynamics vis-a-vis cultural setting, institutional/professional ethics, religious institutions, as well as credibility in leadership for good governance.
When the socio-spiritual state is normal for all Nigerians, the environment will be able to enjoy the necessary spiritual interventions.May God, the Almighty Allah, bless Nigeria and endow the President Elect with the knowledge , wisdom and power of a discerning mind to steer the boat of Nigeria safely into the right destination of restoring and reclaiming our cap of giant of Africa.
Your good performance in office will redeem our image abroad.
Prof. OlagokeJP is the Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide
The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has insisted that the January 31st deadline for the invalidation of the old naria notes remains unchanged.
However, the Federal House of Representatives and the Senate want the apex bank to extend the deadline to 30th June, for the benefit of millions of Nigerians. Interestingly, a sizable number of Nigerians who have handled the new notes have expressed disappointment and dissatisfaction with the quality of the new notes compared to the old ones.
In his reaction, the Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafasudeen-in-Islam worldwide, Prof. Sabitu OlagokeJP, opines that the deadline for the withdrawal of the 200, 500 and 1,000 Naira notes is in order, but warns that this could result in negative consequences. Excerpts:
What is your reaction to the insistence of the CBN that the January 31st deadline remains unchanged for the invalidation of the old naira notes?
First and foremost, we should not lose sight of the purpose of the introduction of the new Naira notes, which which is to curb the excesses of politicians and to ensure that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) conducts free, fair and credible elections.
This will usher in the truly chosen ones for the next political dispensation. Vote buying has always been the bane of our struggle to have genuine representatives in power, making the efforts and the huge amount being spent on the election be without impact.
The January 31st deadline by the CBN, therefore, must have been informed by the advice of its in-house economic experts.
This advice may revolve around the need to curb the spending tendencies of politicians before, during and after the elections.
To be fair to the CBN, 80 per cent of Nigeria's money in circulation is outside the box of control of the apex bank.
However, the following challenges must be addressed without losing focus of the objectives for introducing the new naira notes:
1)Nigerians, particularly traders across the country o are feeling the impact of the unavailability of the new naira notes.
2)There are also challenges to getting old naira notes into the banking system.
3) Businesses are shutting down and markets are operating at a reduced capacity as the deadline for the collection of the old naira notes is near.
4)The new notes are not easily accessible presently.
ATM machines are still dispensing the old notes.
I believe that the January 31st deadline should remain and that Nigerians should bear and cope with the scramble that comes with such changes.
Stemming from all the accompanying negative developments that have trailed the naira redesign, further efforts to cushion the effects of poverty and hunger must be intensified to be able to achieve rational changes for which the new naira notes are designed.
Nigeria needs a detribalized leader who will be able to address its multiferous challenges.
This assertion was made over the weekend by the Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke in his address titled, ''Governance and Leadership : 2023 Election and Effective Participation'', at the grand finale of the 40th Annual Shafaudeen International Convention, ''Ishrat 2023'', in Ibadan, Nigeria.
''Our challenges are solvable problems. We don't want a sectional leader. We don't want a tribal leader, but rather, we want a leader who will lead all Nigerians leaders who have not been able to solve the country's problems, and are not supposed to get to the exalted position. Nigeria deserves to have Godly, but non-religious bigot leaders for good governance for our unity and development. He must be able to see to the restructuring of the country and the amendment of the 1999 constitution for us to have fiscal federalism in place that will allow regions, states, local governments to control resources for their development through the right placement of items on the exclusive list and consider concurrent lists. All eligible voters must get registered, collect their Permanent Voters Cards and come out to vote for candidates of their choice, but with the positive mindset of objective exercise to elect a credible leader for real change, Nigeria deserves to have to be truly united and developed.
Election- Nigerians are expecting leaders who will lift them out of Hunger and Poverty-Prof. Olagoke
The expectation of Nigerians is that credible leaders with passion to put an end to hunger and poverty in the country will emerge after the general elections.
This assertion was made on Thursday by the Founder, Spiritual head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeeen-inIslam worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke in his lecture titled ''Leadership and the Three Rings of Life'' at the second Ogunelu Aaare Alasa Dynasty day in collaboration with Shafaudeen-in-Islam Medical Outreach in Ibadan, Nigeria.
''Nigerians are expecting credible leaders at all levels of government, who will lift them out of hunger, poverty and unemployment to emerge after the general elections.Only credible leaders at all levels of government, who are purposeful, visionary, emotionally and passionately patriotic, ready to sacrifice their best to serve the people will all digilence can be goal getters and unifying factors to the people of diverse interest-religious, ethnic divides and gender equlaity challenge. They expect to be loved by the people, for them to buy in Zero tolerance to corruption and institutional indiscipline as a cultural or normal way of life,'' Prof. Olagoke stated.
The Oyo state government recently announced the derecognition of 50 secondary schools in the state for examination malpractices. 26 of the schools are government owned while 24 are privately owned. The Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke in this piece expresses his views on the development.
Examination calls for a process of strict invigilation and supervision underlined by the highest level of discipline to protect the integrity of the alumni of every school. The desire of parents to have their children in a choice of professions and universities, the pressure on children to pursue courses in which they have no aptitude, pressure on teachers who want to gain favor, overcrowded sitting arrangements, parental upbringing, peer group effects, mushroom schools promising good results among others all contribute to examination malpractices. These fundamental causative factors need to be addressed properly by stakeholders-parents, teachers, counselors and the media. If sensitization on the need to instill discipline in the conduct of examinations had been thorough, the shameful act would not have been so embarrassingly great. However, the truth of the matter is that mushroom private schools are endangering the quality of education in Oyo state. They go into partnership with registered schools to register WAEC candidates for examinations without thoroughly taking care of the needs of the students, rather they promise them assistance while writing examinations. Such schools end up indicting the host school that accommodated their students through their inappropriate measures to make their students pass WAEC conducted examinations and other examinations. Another area of serious concern which WAEC itself needs to tidy up is that these students are able to observe examination malpractices through their unholy association with business centers and web operators who sell WAEC questions and answers online with payments via transfers and recharge cards to have access to such questions and answers online. Host schools taking care of candidates from unregistered schools for WAEC or NECO take the risk of indictment because these schools adorn the uniforms of the accredited schools that have accommodated their students to write their WAEC examinations in their schools, giving no room for excuses that perpetrators of the malpractices are not students of the accredited schools, were the examinations were written. School authorities of accredited schools should learn a lot of lessons from this sad experience by putting in place compliance with the rules and regulations guiding education,-WAEC and others. Unregistered schools and those that are registered ones need to cooperate with the Ministry of Education, the government and WAEC on the guiding rules for conducting worthwhile, fraud-free examinations by sensitizing the teachers,students and members of the public on the implications, consequences and penalties. Generally, there is the need to note that leakages of WAEC questions and answers online usually takes place when school authorities connive and through online links share among students in the examinations. The prohibitive amount charged as fines is enough deterrent for offending schools. This should be a lesson for others who are yet to be detected. In the course of building, our nation we must all recognize with passion that the effect of examination malpractices on national development has always been very negative. This is visible in the quality of the educational manpower the country has produced while the educational system strives to inculcate a high level of discipline, diligence, morale and love for others. A country that has become notorious for examination malpractices loses credibility, as evident in the value of the certificates outside Nigeria. Individuals through fraudulent means in educational pursuit are likely to face on-the-job challenges of dismissal, termination, lose of positions, lack of self-confidence and eventual suffering and embarrassment. Products of examination malpractices offer the nation, prevalent bank failures, budiling collapses, economic sabotage vandalizm, kidnapping for ritual and ransome, drug trafficking, fak drug manufacturing and sales! Are these not practical effects of moral decadence emanating from examination malpractices? The fight against corruption will only be realized if examination malpractices are curtailed. Future leaders equipped with a system characterized by academic fraud and dishonesty would certainly manifest questionable behavior in any organization they find themselves. Those who passed examinations by cheating would cheat to get employed, have spouses and even to win elections through electoral violence or their sharp practices. Finally, we must realize that education is a right according to the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF). The government must, therefore, realize that education is the bedrock of every society for appropriate development. Let us all do the needful.
Presently, all over the world, the debate is on the relevant status of religion in the present era of moral decadence. It is surprising to see the defectiveness of the rule of law or sharia in the developed world as it is measurable through a high degree of orderliness and productivity. It is equally surprising to note that religion is never a dominant factor in these countries. Objective observers from Islamic perspectives submit that in this context, Islam by the scripture is at work in the developed world with low or no number of Muslim population, but in countries where religion dominates to determine the politics, economic and social affairs of the people; Muslims dominate without Islamic tenets via the stand of the scripture portending no Islam. People erroneously conclude that religion has failed humanity, whereas it is mankind that treats religion with impunity to the detriment of the expected benefits of offering just worship. The common factor for the lapses is falsehood in place of truth. If we are to go by the dictates of the Holy Quran 2 : 42-44, ''Cover no Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know what it is. And be steadfast in prayer, give zakaat and bow down in worship. Do ye enjoy right conduct in the people, and forget to practise it yourselves, and yet ye study scripture? Do ye not understand?''
There is a need for all of us to SWOT analyze ourselves and identify our class for ease of adjustment into adaptive learning for maximum development of our body and soul. The Holy Bible Mark 4 : 11-12 is a good reference to this with the implication of fatal consequences on any act of disobedience to the command of God via scripture upholding the religion of one's choice, realizing that no religion teaches evil. ''11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.'' All of them are to correct aberrations and set us on the path of righteousness driven by moral discipline, I and you to achieve due process with zero tolerance for corruption and institutional indiscipline. Finally, therefore, the Holy Quran 2 : 45-46 must become our watchwords to walk the talk to maximally achieve our socio-spiritual desires. ''Nay seek Allah's help with patient perseverance and prayer : It is indeed hard except to those who are humble, who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are to return to Him.''
Technical Education for Technology Advancement : A Veritable Tool for Nation Building by Pro. Sabitu Olagoke
Unfortunately for Nigeria's basic education, there is a dearth of facility to drive Technical Education for our students to be technically sound to meet up with the challenges of technology advancement that drives the present ady knowledge economy.
Technical education drives the economy of all nations currently, but for Nigeria, our economy is artisan driven to the detriment of our political management which b y polarization is hoodlum driven, exposing us to the whims of quackery in all facets of huma endeavor.
This is because of the deficiency of meeting up with the quality and standard expected of every nation in domesticating international instrumnets on global best practices. Quackery and sysem collapse during or after completion has direct correlation based on facility design, specification and materials of inferior quality.
Education must prepare our students for the global market. In Nigeria, education is highly underfunded and has resulted in the myriad of challenges confronting the country presently.
1)We fail to operationalize the affective domain, producin g literature that are deficient content that can inspire change for the better.
2)we blindly commercialize education to the detriment of effecting a cognitive domain that would have launched us into research appreciation for development.
3)We equally neglect the area of pyschomotor domain to produce graduates of rhetoric in the face of the challenges of desing and construction for infrastrcuturer and real development.
4)Our science lack the intellectual and practical ability of observation, mehtod, procedure and experiment for systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural word to the detriment of our benefit.
5)Our engineering lakc home patronage of our graduates for employability challenge of desing, building that are mathematics driven for our graduates to use with relative ease, enignes, machines and structure with retraing through foreign partners.
6)Wile our technology lacks fulk technical education to develop products and produce for the nation due to poor scientific knowledge base to the detriment of right application to change or transform our society for right and correct management of the people and environment.
The whole world,today, goes for quality and standard concept with global best practices. Graduates are trained to be abl;e to compete favorably in the global market.
Where are we in the situation of hoodlum hijacked politics/ democracy and artisan driven economy?
Professionals must be respected to have regard for orgainzational and professional ethics for sanity sake and must equally be respected to be part of decision making for ease of implementation by the government, which must adequately fund education.
The fellows are not effectively utilized by the government while the artisans are not incorporated despite creating a viilage for them. Fellows need to be consulted for services while the orientation of teh artisans need to be changed through short term proficiency courses to benefit the nation.
Organization and professional ethics are important elements of governance or corporate governance.
The elite now trample upon the Fundamental Human Rights of the impoverished masses, who have become mere pawns in their(elite) hands for the ease of manipulation to win elections.
The present dividends of democracy include insecurity, poverty aggravation due to unemployment and high prices of commodities beyond the reach of the teeming population, avarice and greed exemplified through the blood of Timocracy running through the system of our politicians driving them crazy into Kleptocrarcy and deceptive plea bargaining; increasing the fold of cabal, cartel and the vicious cycle of the corrupt people's clubs in Nigeria.
In all processes involving governance, leadership by appointment, promotion or election, the effective participation of the people matters at all levels of identification, selection, and electoral processes involving voters' registration and the collection of the Permanent Voters Cards(PVC), party manifesto, campaign training and the voting exercise and monitoring, election results, collation of results and the declaration of results.
The aftermath of this continues to call for effective participation of people in keeping the environment of peace for ease of governance.
Leaders must be above the parochial sentiments of statism, ethnicity, tribalism, ego-centeredness, materialism, but be spiritually rejuvenated in due process without religious bigotry in dispensing power and service.
Governance and leadership cuts across all systems for idea and product generation for the purpose of enhancing productivity and sustainable development. Whatever your professional discipline- religion, politics, media practice, broadcasting, business or entrepreneurship, entertainment, medicine, engineering etc.
We must all be skillful as professionals for us to be able to serve with ethical guidance that will eventually give competence in leadership and credence to due process in governance.
This will equally enhance effective participation of people for a better society. Leaders must be prepared and trained through the agents of socialization-the home, school, vocation and right empowerment.
Our educational orientation must be geared towards realizing this for leaders with all authority and confidence to be on the field when challenged to assume office and with outstanding and credible performance.
However, when we take for granted leadership training needs by allowing people to assume leadership duties, roles and responsibilities, they will lack the ethics and procedures of due process to end up disappointing the people in the discharge of his or her duties, as would be evident in the lack of the rudiment of Management, Administration and Governance.
Corporate governance under democratic norms is, therefore, recommended since it will instill discipline to enhance efficiency in productivity with high goodwill of peace and sustainable development in an environment that is safe and secured where nobody is denied of his/her right of access and right of justice.
Prof. Olagoke delivered this paper on Wednesday September 7, 2022 at the Jagaban Commincations Internaitonal 2022 Mega International Summit in Ibadan
The government and every proprietor must invest heavily in the functional education of our children despite the current trend of development that dwells on global competitiveness and global best practices through such orientation, which will give learners and graduates of every school a wider view of the world where peace and development will dominate a purposeful educational goal.
To be able to achieve the above-mentioned updates, facility updates and security issues must be pursued with high assurance of a safe environment for the teachers and the children, including the young. It is sacrosanct to the provision of a conducive environment for learning through adequate funding, total quality assurance and standard attainment. Policy designs on these must be implemented now for a better Nigeria. The stakeholders including parents, government at all levels, schools, students, alumni associations, the media and others must walk the talk on the education enhancement needs without any delay for a better future. Let us realize that the goal of accreditation exercises for various disciplines in our schools and the global exercises for universities across the board is for education not to lose its focus objectives, quality and standards. Working towards achieving this is a challenging task for all nations. Alumni associations of schools must rise up to support the reinforcement needs of our schools for adequate funding to provide for facility updates, and motivate the teachers/lecturers for Nigerian schools to compete well with their counterparts abroad. Afterall, the nation will benefit better if schools are able to provide thoroughbred graduates that are well disicplined with passion to provide for the need of the people for opeace and development to give us safe and secured environment. Above all, let us motivate our teachers to walk the talk to promote knowledge economy. Let us jointly secure the future of our nation, Nigeria.
Prof. Olagoke delivered this lecture at the Shafudeen Group of Schools end of year 2021/2022 Academic Session party and 8th Valedictory sercvice
The antidote to all forms of insecurity is a functional democracy run through high regards for fairness, justice and equity.
Any alteration to a functional justice system and equitable distribution of material resources to the people without marginalization of any kind will ever hurt the polity.
The Holy Quran 30 : 41-42 refers, ''Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of the need that the hands of many have earned, that Allah may give them a taste of some of their deeds, in order that they may turn back from evil. Say : Travel along the earth and see what was the end of those before you. Most of them were idolaters(driving agents of indiscipline and corruption).
If the past is bad, sense and sensibilities demand that there must be damage control to correct today's anomalies. The failure to set up this appropriate measure in that respect will impede development.
Leaders of thought must proceed with sanity promotion exercise using the due process of the culture of integrity, education for civility and development, religion for discipline, moral regulation and control to be able to promote credible leadership, good governance for the wellness of the people in an orderly manner expected of every decent society.
To say the least, the arrest of offenders must proceed towards the diligent prosecution of their cases. For example, murder should ordinarily attract the death penalty to curb and prevent future murderous activities under any guise.
In Nigeria, for example, no culprit once apprehended must be transferred to Abuja, where often times they are never tried but released to embark again on their aborted missions.
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If arson, murder, kidnapping and other related crimes are committed in Yorubaland, there is no justified cause to transfer such suspects to Abuja, most especially when it involves indigenes of other states outside the states of the committed crimes. If there is a constitutional bottleneck on it, let it be resolved, restructured and amended immediately.
The judiciary in a democracy must be made to be alive for the survival of this political philosophy already adopted to rule over the people.
The Holy Quran 5 : 8 refers,, ''O ye who believe! Stand out firmly to Allah as witnesses to fear thee, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just, that is next to piety : and fear Allah is well acquainted with all that you do. ''
Causative factors of insecurity, therefore, such as hunger and poverty have damaged the fabric of democracy for our leaders to go crazy, soaking their hands in indecent acts to promote the culture of timocracy, kelptocracy and ego-centeredness of the medieval times, making the people resort to bestial styles of lfie that has already threatened the glorious peaceful co-existence. There is therefore, a dire need for effective damage control based on doing things accordingly and rightly too, through the fear of Allah as the only antidote.
Bad manners corrupt the moral essence of religion and disrupt the expected perfect God/man relation.
This is the message in the Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 13: 13, that religion as faith would only be functional and beneficial as a constructive environment for peaceful co-existence.
''3 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.''
For this to happen, individual adherents must offer just worship based on their belief in their creator the almighty God.
However, all scriptures submit that there can be no development in an environment of chaos, hence love becomes basic and sacrosanct to any religious practice to have an impact on the people and the society.
In the book of Isaiah 59: 1-4, the readiness of God to accept our offer, provide for us, and protect us from all forms of evil is established as a divine design.
However, divine intervention will never be realized in an environment of iniquities.
''1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.''
The Holy Quran equally corroborates and establishes the importance of love in the life cycle of every person-platonic or otherwise.
The Holy Quran 30: 21 with the essence of marriage, family cohesion, and a happy home formation as case studies states, ''And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them. And He has put LOVE and MERCY between your hearts: verily in that are signs for those who reflect.''
It is very unfortunate that Nigeria is currently experiencing a gun and sword state of insecurity, where religion is playing a catalyst role to fule the chaos rather than dampening the state of commotion. This is because individual adherents live by hearsay and less of being scripture compliant. Quackery in the houses of God, therefore, offers a satanic state of profanity. This is why the home, society, and the nation are now difficult to be controlled through the moral lessons of the scripture.
For the world to know peace, and Nigeria to enjoy peaceful co-existence, individual worship must understand the admonitions and guide in the scripture of choice and apply the same to suit real-life situations without going out of bounds of the dictates of God. After all, no religion teaches evil.
Saturday, April 9th
Be reminded that procrastination is the thief of time not to lose the focus of accepting God wholesomely.
The essence of the Ramadan fast is to inject into every adherent the culture of the fear of God.
To be well equipped in becoming wholesome, spiritually, and socially in line with the goal of the Ramadan fast as entrenched in the Holy Quran 2: 183, '' O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that ye may learn correctly the concept of the fear of God as a way of life.'' Ramadan Kareem.
Sunday, April 10th
Be Cultured into Good Adherents of Islam
In line with the Boys' Scouts motto, Ramadan the great, the teacher, admonishes us to be prepared always to be a survivor of any emerging situation. How far then, are we prepared in character adjustment with respect to body preservation from sins and crimes and soul purification from devilish thought processes.
A stitch in time saves nine. Decide today to be a good Muslim for tomorrow may be late. Ramadan Kareem.
Monday, April 11th
Live a Pious Life
Do you realize what it takes to be in a good state of piety?
The Almighty Allah has commanded the angels to continually assess us on character adjustment based on the 10 nutrients of the spiritual diet upon which we can attain the comfort of life without hitch and the bliss of heaven, Janat or paradise as entrenched in the Holy Quran 2: 201-203, take time out to study these verses. Ramadan Kareem.
Tuesday, April 12th
Self Assessment Need
It is imperative that we routinely assess ourselves for character adjustment.
The Holy Quran 33: 35 for Muslim men and women: '' total submission to the will of God. 2) Level of belief in the almighty Allah must manifest in the way we live our life. 3) Our level of devotion. 4) The factor of being a vanguard of the truth.
5) Our state of patience must regulate our pursuit of social desire without satanic interference.
6) Our consistency in serving God and humanity.
7) Our culture of humility will grow and develop in status.
8) Our level of care for others through charity.
9) Our sacrifice of pleasure for others to live.
10) Our quality of fidelity for a chaste life.
11) Our acceptance of the concept of puritanism is supplicating God for our social and spiritual desires. How far have we fared? Stop deceiving yourself, make amends. Ramadan Kareem.
Wednesday, April 13th
How qualified are you to observe the Ramadan fast, since it is meant for those with absolute belief in God and His injunctions?
Be reminded, walk the talk for His admonition to become a matter of reality among mankind with the necessary impact that can be felt.
Assess yourself against the backdrop of the Holy Quran 22: 35.
Ramadan fast shall therefore be accepted by God on the basis of the following conditions. '' To those whose hearts when Allah is mentioned are filled with fear, who show patience and perseverance over their afflictions, keep up regular prayers and spend in charity out of what We have bestowed upon them.''
Let us strive to meet up with the conditions to be able to succeed, despite all odds through divine intervention. Ramadan Kareem.
An assembly of people is said to be lawful when their activities are productive and it is said to be unlawful, when foul play is suspected form their dynamics.
Religious assembly must be strong enough to command what is good and pure, and prohibit what is bad and impure.
This extends to the enforcement of moral discipline, dignity of labor and legitimate earnings as against indolence, waywardness and frivolities as well as corruption.
The failure of any religious system to promote peace and development through moral reformation and good character building will ever endanger the society into a state of insecurity whereby people will shun due process in doing things but uphold illegalities taking the law into their hands to endanger other people’s lives.
The religious system is expected to have role model heads who uphold virtues, rather than the ones that would continue to illegally acquire wealth, taking advantage of the peoples’ weaknesses and vulnerability.
The Holy Bible is a good reference point, John 6 : 26–27, revealed the love of man for materialism rather than truth and God.
In the same manner, the Holy Quran, 7 : 157 admonished that adherents of all religions must seek the kingdom of God first, rather than sheepishly following religious leaders because of their fame and wealth.
The Holy Bible Matthew 11 : 28–30 states, ‘’Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
In the same manner, the Holy Quran promises sincere worshipers of some benefits and admonishes on the need to maintain perfect God/man relation.
The Holy Quran 7 : 157, therefore, summarizes the essence of congregational worship, ‘’Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him — it is those who will be the successful.’’
For our nation to have peace and accelerated development, the religious sector must be worked upon to have productive congregational assembly of just worship with love.
The Nigeria Police Force has called on Nigerians to be conscious of happenings in their immediate environment and re-orientate the youth to have a positive focus.
This call was made on Tuesday by a Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP), Usman Sharafadeen, who represented the Oyo State Commissioner of Police at a conference organized by Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide in collaboration with the Center for Religious Cooperation(CRCT)in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
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''Nigerians must be conscious of their immediate environment. The fear of God is the basis of all actions. When we fear God, we have a positive mental attitude. When we fear God we will never do anything negative to our fellow human beings. Our youth is the focus. All Nigerians have their roles to play in society. The discussion on the lips of every Nigerian is the roles of the youth in''Yahoo yahoo Plus and Yahoo. The youth must be re-orientated, Parents and Guardians must be cocnscious of their childrens' movements,'' the CSP concluded.
In his remarks, the Founder, Spirutla Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabiut Olagoke stressed that those in Those-in-Charge of the Government ought to pray for divine intervention.
''Those in Government should pray onto God to intervene, that is the advice Ican give them,'' Prof. Olagoke concluded.
The situation of the world growing wild with accompanying moral rots and institutional indiscipline has led the religious sector to be socio-divinely passive.
The dying profile of all agents of socialization is, therefore, at the mercy of satanic control.
The big question is, therefore, on who is to activate what ?
This is why the Governments of many nations are usually working to fail, making the environment to be ungovernable and uninhabitable through the pockets of emerging states of insecurity. The simple reason is because of change over of the sacred status of the houses of God into that of profanity making religious leaders to aid and abet iniquities.
The solution, therefore, is for humans to return to God without been fraudulent, using the process of the fear of God.
From the Holy Bible, Luke 12 : 4–7, ‘’have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
The essence of attending the houses of God is to learn correctly About God and the process of worshiping Him. This is to allow adherents to have a direct alignment with their creator to establish permanent God/man relations onto God only , therefor every soul or body must direct his or her thoughts.
Religion, therefore, is a school of faith building on the supremacy of God over all things.
The Holy Quran 16 : 49–53 certifies this assertion.
‘’And to Allah doth prostrate all that is in the heavens and on earth, whether moving creatures or the angels : for none are arrogant before their lord. They all fear their lord, high above them, and they do all that they are commanded. Allah hath said take not for worship two gods : for He is just One God : then fear Me and Me alone. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and on earth And to Him is the religion always(divine construct) : then will ye fear other than Allah ? And ye have no good things but is from Allah : and moreover, when ye are touched by distress onto Him ye cry with groans.’’
The worrisome state of human ingratitude make us become a bundle of contradiction . We profess without walking the talk !
The Holy Quran 16 : 54–55 admonish all humans to make timely adjustment to avoid facing the penalty .
‘’Yet when ye remove the distresses from you behold some of you turn to other gods to join with their lord. To show their ingratitude for the favors we have bestowed on them ! Then enjoy your brief day but soon will ye know your folly.’’
My advice, fear only God the almighty Allah.
To appreciate the difference between animal and man, the area of mating is pointer.
Take note that adultery may bring shame and betrayal of trust as well as risking the consequence of divine sanctions and decay.
The Holy Quran and the Holy Bible are unanimous on this.
The Holy Quran 17 : 32 refers, ‘’ Never come nigh to adultery : For it is an indecent deed and an evil way.’’
The Holy Bible Matthew 5 : 27–28 equally emphasizes on sexual sins.
‘’You have heard that it was said don’t do the sin of adultery. But I tell you that, if a person looks at a woman and wants to sin sexually with her, then that person has already done that sin with the woman in his mind.’’
The wisdom of avoiding adultery is captured in the Holy Bible Proverbs 5 : 3–14, ‘’For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
The Holy Quran, therefore warns that we should avoid adultery with a case study of the penalty of flogging as a preventive measure from plunging oneself into the wrath of God; if and only if one wants to remain a believer.
The Holy Quran 24 : 2 refers, ‘’ The woman and the man guilty of fornication,-flog each of them with a hundred stripes : let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah; if ye believe in Allah in the Last Day : And let a party of the believers witness their punishment.’’
Since the punishment for adultery and fornication is socaiily lower than the spiritual consequence and that in any of the ways, adultery can create bad blood, big fight and poisonous feud.
The believers must make it mandatory for themselves to keep chastity against all odds and avoid keeping of bad company not to become victims of people’s snares to slander their names.
The Holy Quran 24 : 23 warns all of us. ‘’ Those who slander chaste, indiscreet and believing women are cursed this life and in the Hereafter : For them is a grievous chastisement.’’
Adultery can ruin avoid it, therefore, and role model exemplary lifestyles as we step into the new year.