Cleric urges youths to be accountable


Nigerian Youths have been urged to be accountable and follow the rules of Almighty Allah in all they do as they seek success in their life endeavours.

The Former Nigerian Ambassador to Pakistan, Ambassador Ridwan Mustapha made this call while delivering his keynote address at the closing ceremony of the 9th Muslim Teenagers workshop organized by the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Ambassador Ridwan also said that “You have to follow the steps of Almighty Allah to achieve success in all you do. You have to emulate Prophet Muhammed S.A.W. in everything you do.”

He charged the participants to shun immoral acts and corruption.

“Corruption is bad. It destroys the society. Practice to be upright and be just in what you do,” he said.

Ambassador Ridwan also stressed the need for the Youths to maintain clean and healthy environment to promote good health.

“A good Muslim maintains cleanliness. In your environment, you should be an example. Let people describe you as one who is clean and takes healthy living as priority.”

“A Muslim is a workaholic. Take your academics serious in your schools and also at home. Implement what you have learnt from the camping.”

“Learn to manage your time always. Shun procrastination. Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today.”

He however challenged parents in teaching their wards the ways of Allah.

“Parents have significant roles to play. We must teach our children to grow in the way of Allah. It helps them even while they are away in school,” he added.

While giving her speech, the representative of the organizing partners, MacArthur Foundation, Hajia Dr. Amina Salihu thanked the organizing committee and teachers who took the students throughout the camping period.

She challenged parents to always listen to their children, while lamenting that there is a new form of corruption in the society in form of sexual exploitation.

“We as parents must be very conscious of our environment and our children upbringing. We must lend out voices to this menace ravaging the society especially in our institution of learning” she said.

On her part the National Amira of Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, Hajiya Rakiya Gambo-Iliyasu while speaking reiterated the need for children to shun the act of bullying each other, hooliganism, and bad behaviours.

“Don’t allow yourselves to be tagged negatively. Do what is good always. Respect yourself, respect your mates, and respect your seniors in school and the management of your school.”

“Always talk to your parents. They should be your first point of call. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, even though they will punish you. Talk to them” she added

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Head Organizing and Publicity Committee, Alli Hakeem thanked the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society and the MacArthur Foundation for providing the platform for the laudable initiative.

He also thanked parents and guardians for availing their children and wards to participate in this year’s edition of the Muslin Teens Camp.

One of the participants Zainab Salihu express her appreciation to Al-Habibibiyya Islamic society for this great workshop as it gives us the opportunity to learn and make new friends. “We are thought different skills which is of up most important to us and how to be accountable in whatever we so”.

A total of 75 participants, comprising 35 males and 40 females were presented with certificates after the ten days camp that seeks to further enrol more youths to taking responsibility for themselves, equip them with life skills and swell the number of youths that have been empowered to understand the dimensions, manifestation of corruption and to prevent sliding into acquiring corrupt tendencies.