Nigerian Leaders Tasked To Be Considerate and Responsive To Peoples’ NeedsFeatured, Latest News Saturday, October 4th, 2014
From Tajudeen Balogun, in Abeokuta
Nigerian leaders have been called upon to be sensitive and responsive to the needs and yearnings of the people in formulating and implementing government policies.
The Deputy Chief Imam of Owu Muslim Community, Alhaji Sulaimon Kehinde made the call Saturday in Ita Iyalode, an Abeokuta suburb, the Ogun state capital, South Western Nigeria, while delivering sermon after the voluntary two Rakat prayer to mark this year’s Eid – el – Kabir Muslim festival.
Imam Kehinde submitted that the hallmark of a good leader was about considering and listening to the followers in every step to be taken.
The cleric however noted the relationship between the leaders and followers was reciprocal as the latter also has many roles to play in a developed, peaceful and progressive society, hence advocated that the people should obey the laws of the land and cooperate with the government in all her good gestures.
On the Salaah, Alhaji Kehinde stated the lessons of the season included patience, perseverance, tolerance, generosity and fulfillment of promises made with others.
He explained that the spirit of patience, tolerance and perseverance demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim when faced with tribulation from God resulted to his eventual and resounding victory.
While calling on the Muslims and general public to imbibe similar spirit, he equally advocated for kindness and generosity during and beyond the Salaah period.
It may interest you to know that the Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosu belongs to the Owu Muslim Community as he hails from the Owu Egba division, within the Abeokuta North and South Local government areas of the state.
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