Religious leaders must lead anti-corruption war- Director Just Foundation

Rafat Salami

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A faith based Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, The Just Foundation, has taken its anti-corruption advocacy to Islamic leaders in Osun state, southwest Nigeria, where it tasked them to use the followership they command to drive government’s anti-corruption battle.

The Just Foundation, through its ‘Encouraging Accountability and Transparency through Faith based Institutions’ project tagged project EAT-Fin has previously held advocacy and sensitisation programmes for Islamic Leaders in Abuja and Kaduna state.

The Executive Director of the Foundation Imam Fuad Adeyemi during the advocacy to the League of Imams in in Gbongan, Osun state said the foundation with support from the UK based MacArthur Foundation, would train Imams on how to use their pulpits to deliver messages to combat corruption in the country.

According to Imam Adeyemi the foundation would trained Islamic clerics in the state on how to speak on the negative effects of corruption and disseminate the same to their followersthe clerics would fight corruption from the grassroots  through their teachings and preaching , while government continues to fight from the top’.

“As we all know, one of the most religious country in the world is Nigeria and if you want anything done or undone,  you have to start from God’s house and that is why we are starting the anti-corruption fight from the religious centre through the training of our imams in all aspects of governance and to teach their followers on the evils of corruption. We want to train our Islamic cleric on how to use God to appeal to our leaders to stop stealing and be transparent.  Rather than constantly preaching prosperity, we want to train our imams to speak against those who use their position to cheat and loot”.

Imam Adeyemi added.

Adeyemi,  who is also the Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society,  said the anti-corruption project would cover six states including Kogi, Niger, Lagos, Osun, Kaduna and Abuja.

Also speaking, the manager of the project EAT-Fin, Hajia Rekiya Momoh-Abaji,   said that when clerics using their platforms which have verylarge adherents begin to preach against corruption, government’s anti-corruption battle would make more gains.

“They need to let people know that corruption is killing everybody and we need to kill it before it kills us all”, she said

Also,  the Secretary of Osun league of Imam,  Alhaji Salaudeen Olaleye,  said that the training would assist Islamic clerics would go a long way in exposing the evil of corruption through their preaching.

Olayeye commended the foundation for bringing religious leaders into the fight against corruption through their teaching and preaching.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim