Malam Ishaq Adudu, an Islamic cleric in Nasarawa state, has called on the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and other elected leaders to be transparent in performing their duties.
Daily Independent reports that Adudu, who is the chief imam of Kidi Magoron Mosque in Lafia, made his call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia.
According to the cleric, it is imperative for all elected leaders to ensure prudence in the management of public resources.
“As religious leaders, our role is to preach peace and unity because no meaningful development can be achieved in any society without peace.
“Peace is priceless and non-negotiable and Nigerians must embrace peace for speedy development to be achieved.
“I also want to task our President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and other incoming leaders on the need to be prudent and transparent in the discharge of their duties.
“Corruption, injustice, violence, among other social evil have affected the socio-economic development of the country negatively for too long; there is need for all hands to be on deck to redirect the affairs of this country.
“For Nigeria to achieve speedy development, all incoming elected leaders, political office holders, civil servants and ordinary Nigerians in general must do away with sentiments, corruption, injustice, abuse of office among others social ills.
“We must all imbibe the culture of transparency in the discharge of our duties in order to improve on the standard of living of the ordinary people.’’
Adudu added that every politician should exhibit exemplary traits in the management of public resources. Therefore, he called on all leaders to be fair and just to earn the confidence of the public, stressing that people would account for their actions before God on the day of judgment.
Continuing his statement, the cleric called on Nigerians to pray for the new leaders to take up the task of restoring the glory of Nigeria. He further noted that the leaders would need God’s guidance to execute all planned projects, fight poverty, reduce unemployment and boost the country’s economy.
Adudu enjoined the people of Nasarawa state and all Nigerians to live in peace and tolerance irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations.
Meanwhile, the popular Nigerian bishop Reverend Mathew Kukah has recently advised Buhari on how to move the country forward. According to the cleric, restoring public confidence in government and politics should be the president-elect’s immediate challenge when he is sworn in on May 29.