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PSSDC harps on Islamic perspective to political participation

By Shakirah Adunola
15 April 2022   |   3:32 am
MUSLIMS have been urged to participate in politics, as the exaltation of a nation is inherently intertwined with the virtue of its leaders. This was disclosed at the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) yearly Ramadan lecture. Held in collaboration with Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI), the Lagos State Records and…

Mmember of the PSSDC Muslim Community, Alhaji Taofeeq Ajetunmobi (left), presenting a plaque of appreciation to the Guest Speaker, Imaam Shakiru Gafar. With them are the Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Yusuf Jimoh and the Community Imaam, Abdulkareem Shefiu Majemu during Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) Muslim Community third Ramadan lecture

MUSLIMS have been urged to participate in politics, as the exaltation of a nation is inherently intertwined with the virtue of its leaders.

This was disclosed at the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) yearly Ramadan lecture.
Held in collaboration with Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI), the Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau (LASRAB) and Magodo Residents Association (MRA) Muslim Community, speakers at the event stressed that Islam encourages political participation, promotes public good and upholds justice.

Speaking during the third yearly lecture of the organisations, the Director Public Affairs PSSDC, Mr Taofeeq Oladiran Ajetumobi, said the topic of the event ‘Governance and political participation in Nigeria: The Islamic point of view’ is to sensitise Muslims on the position of Islam on politics before the general election in 2023. “Election is close by, it is important we sensitise ourselves and bring up what the position of Islam is about politics, governance and the role of Muslims.”

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Dr. Jimoh Amudaliu Yusuph, said the security challenge in the country is the collective responsibility of every citizen.

“We all have roles to play in the country’s security challenge. Everybody should be aware of the community and must give vital information to the appropriate body. Most people feel unconcerned about the insecurity, they are taught that it is only those in government should be involved. Let us all come together to address these issues.”

The Chief Imam of PSSDC, Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, said political participation is every citizen’s constitutional right.

“As Muslims, you must participate in politic, Islam encourage it and if you refuse to take part, how do you want to partake in policies and decision making of your country.

“ Our religion Islam taught us how to build a nation, how to harness potentials and resources to achieve development and to impact life positively.

To aspire for a political office, you must ensure that as a Muslim, you are taking a trust and you must ensure that you implement the best policies that would affect the people positively and make their lives meaningful so that they will be happy.”

The guest lecturer, Mufasir of Lagos State Central Mosque and Chairman Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Imam Shakir Ayinde Gaffar (aka Mofesaye), admonished Muslims to make use of the holy month judiciously.

“During Ramadan, we are expected to move closer to Allah, by respecting His injunctions. Ramadan is a training institution for our soul to move closer to God. That is part of spiritual benefits we gain from Ramadan, so, we have mundane benefits as well like keeping us healthy which prevents terminal diseases like cancer.”