By Salisu Sani-Idris
The Chief Imam of Area 10 Garki Jumma’at Mosque, Sheikh Yahya Al-Yolawi, has emphasised the need for Nigerians to imbibe the right attitudes needed to move the country forward.
Al-Yolawi gave the advice at a special jumma’at prayer to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary on Friday in Abuja.
“The Almighty Allah says indeed He will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.
“This change implies change in our mind set, our hearts to be free from hatred, enmity, laziness to love, show kindness, sincerity and creativity.
“We should tell ourselves the truth and reality; let us be role models, worthy of emulation in our families, in the office, market place, banks and on our roads while driving,” Al-Yolawi said.
He advised Nigerians to avoid cursing and use of ‘bad’ languages against leaders, noting that Islam encourages putting the country and leaders in prayers “as their success is yours and vice-versa”.
Al-Yolawi said that there was a big difference between advising, cursing and defaming leaders.
He urged muslims to offer sincere advice to their leaders and refrain from cursing, attacking, shouting and stoning them.
He, however, enjoined Nigerian leaders, particularly political and religious leaders to emulate the leadership qualities of the prophets of Allah.
“These qualities should be evident in their ways of life, their treatment of fellow human beings, and their conduct in the office.
“They should serve without greed, without over-ambition, without neglect of the populace who voted them into office and above all with the fear of Allah.”
He commended the efforts of Nigeria’s founding fathers for their contribution and selfless services to humanity.
“Our great leaders are real politician who have their people in mind, people of characters and highest level of integrity, who gave everything including their life.
“The history of this nation can never forget people like Premier of defunct Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr Nnamdi Azikwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and others.
“They have contributed imminently toward growth and development of this great country called Nigeria.”
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to imitate their sterling qualities as leaders, politicians and civil servant with a view to actualising their dream and maintaining the unity of the country.
The cleric prayed to Allah to restore peace and prosperity to the country, guide and protect Nigeria leaders to move the country to the desired level.(NAN)