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Leadership is a trial, says NASFAT missioner

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Imam Onike Abdul-Azeez

The Chief Missioner of Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) Imam Abdul-Azeez Morufu Onike has described the leadership position as a trial and an exposure to blame, regret and insult.

Onike disclosed this during the inauguration of new national executive council of 23 members who will run the affair of the organization for the next three years.

The group will now be led by Alhaji Mumini Olaniyi Yusuf as the president. Other members of the cabinet are: Ayodeji Abdulrauf (Vice President 1); Abdulrafiu Adegbola (Vice President 2), Daudu Sunmonu (National General Secretary) and Suwebat Kupolafi (National Women Affairs Secretary) among others.

Onike cited the glorious scripture in support of his submission, saying Almighty Allah admonished us in the Holy Quran that: “And as for man, when his Lord tries him and [thus] is generous to him and favors him, he says, “My Lord has honored me.”(Q89:15)

Also using a metaphor attributed to Yinka Adeola to drive home his point on leadership as a trial, Onike likens leadership to a deflated balloon that if pierced with a needle will not pop, but that pops, bursts and loses shape when pierced with a needle while inflated”

Onike said coming forward for leadership position means you are asking people to come and observe and criticise your weaknesses, and this should make leaders always to be conscious of their conducts, for they have unknowingly become a moral gauge for their followers.

“As leaders, the new executives are seen as the honour, dignity and ideals that NASFAT stands for, and any of their misdeed while in office will be seen as an embarrassment to the society and its members”.

He urged them to be conscious of what was likened to ‘cryptonet’ by Nurudeen Lemu as the slippery slopes or resistance weakening agents and potholes that surround any leader. These are women, money and misquotation or getting quoted out of context by public and members.

Onike went further to caution the new executives, saying: “Within the next two years, some people may erroneously not regard you as ordinary human beings again but rather as angels who could not make a mistake, your mistakes and sins will become graver and whatever misdeed that you do will be magnified, therefore, don’t overestimate your strength to be immune to errors and temptations, rather be prayerful and continue to enhance yourselves spiritually.

“Even though leadership is a trial, if someone discharges the trust of leadership selflessly and diligently according to the divine dictates, it will become a source of recurring charity for him after death and ultimately earn him the pleasure of God on the day of judgment,” he concluded.

The newly elected president of NASFAT, Alhaji Mumini Olaniyi Yusuf a former Country Managing Director of Accenture and currently the Managing Partner of Verraki Partners, said his administration would address issues of health, education, livelihood, dawah and critical issues affecting the organization.

“NASFAT will be an active player in the movement to actualise the global goals for sustainable development, especially goals to eradicate poverty, zero hunger, good health and well being,” he said

He said that he would be working with other partners to focus attention on programmes and interventions in the four areas of health, education, livelihood and Da’wah.

“With our focus, we will create a coalition of internal and external forces so we can combine resources to boldly address the issues of poverty, hunger and reducing inequalities while promoting righteousness, kindness among others,” he said.

Professor AbdulAfis Oladosu, the dean, faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan urged the new executives to always make themselves available to criticism in order for them to succeed in various tasks they will be saddled with.

Other members of the newly elected executive e for a three-year tenure were


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