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Protest has been described as one of the legitimate ways of expressing dissatisfaction with government policies in any democratic setup, but in Islam, open protests, demonstrations or riots are outlawed.

This forms the main message of a recent public lecture series organised by the Wings Schools, Iwo, Osun State, tagged: “Averting the phenomenon of a wasted generation: An Islamic perspective.”

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The lecture was put together to draw attention to the imperative of matters arising from the recent EndSARS protests across Nigeria.

Chief Missioner and the Chief Imam of Islahudeen Society, Sheikh Hussain Mukadam Akinola, in his lecture, reiterated the need to love one’s society and do everything for its development. This he said is the bedrock of Islamic belief and tenets.

The missioner identified the roles and responsibilities of the various age groups in society and their envisaged contributions to society. He declared that youth, who have been referred to as the leaders of tomorrow must determine what their future will look like and work towards it, as this will lead them to the roles to perform in the future.

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He charged parents at the lecture to know more about their wards including friends they keep, whether at home, in school or under apprenticeship or in their formative years, adding that parents must keep a close watch over their wards.

At the event was Dr. Buwaib Elemo who chaired the occasion. In his opening remark, he commended the school for its roles in shaping the lives of youths in Iwoland in particular and in Nigeria at large.

The special guest of honour, Dr. Sirajdeen Bilal Al-Asrau who in his contributions reminded participants at the lecture that Islam has no place for violence, lambasted youths who resorted to violence and bloodletting during the EndSARS protest.

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The father of the day, Otunba Abdulwaheed Jire Ayinla, enjoined the youth to embrace self-discipline, perseverance and emulate achievers as a role model worthy of emulation.

The Proprietor of the School, Prof. Lai Olurode, advises government at all level, to reduce the cost of governance and allocate more resources on youth education and skill acquisition programmes, in order to avert the rampaging nature of a wasted generation. 

The annual public lecture series of The Wings Schools have become a point of convergence for notable Islamic clerics, students, parents and youths in Iwoland and its environs.

The gathering had the Chairman of Isokan Musulumi of Iwoland, Alhaji Fasaazi Abdurosheed Mogaji, Dr. Sirajudeen Bilal Al-Asrau, Ustaz Haroon Bilal Olurode, representative of Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Ilufemiloye Telu 1, the Principal of the School, Alhaji Abdullateef Oyewole Nafiu, the Tutor-General, Alhaji Remi Situ and other dignitaries.

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