By Ajibola Abayomi,
July 26, 2018.
Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, an organization promoting social re-order through engagement has engaged Islamic scholars in Lagos State on the need for proper accountability and transparency through faith-based intervention.
The stated values according to the National Chief Imam and Executive Director of EAT-FIn, Al-Habibiyah Society of Nigeria, Imam Fuad Adeyemi must be imbibed by Islamic clerics in order to impact on the society.
He made the comment during a sensitization programmes for Imams and Scholars across the state held at Central Mosque, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday.
Al-Habibiyah was established in January 6th, 2003 and was registered by Corporate Affairs Commission on 23rd May 2007 to propagate Islamic principle, Doctrines and teachings; to promote Islamic ethics, values and ideas among members and all Muslims.
Among other things, the body also catered for welfare of the generality of the people irrespective of religion, tribes and nationalities.
Imam Adeyemi who stated that the activities and programmes of Al-Habibiyyah were not restricted to the Muslims alone but also Christian alike through gift and donations urged Islamic clerics to always play leading roles in ensuring that the populies imbibed the right orientation to make positive impacts in the nation.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdulateef, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Lagos State said, “Imams and Pastors are believed to be men of God, so we need all of you to help us to encourage the right values in the society particularly in the area of accountability and anti-corruption.
“We must remember that the Almighty Allah will ask all of us to render account of our deeds thereafter, so the Imams and other religious clerics should lead us in the right direction because they are our leaders”.
He told TheLead Online at a separate interview that government would be willing to have men of God on its pay role so as to assist them to stay focus on preaching the right gospel.
“Lagos state government will continue to interact with leaders of different faiths and we shall be willing to even engage many of them by making provision for their salaries so that they can assist government to re-orientate the people for good” he said.
Chairman of Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Dr Qasim Akinreti urged Islamic clerics to join the crusade to combat ills in the society especially in the area of corruption and other social vices.
According to him, the tenets of Islam were supportive of efforts to build a virile and just society as being championed by the Al-Habibiyah.
He praised the organization for propagating Islam in positive light.
Representative of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr Umar Hadeja, the second in command of the anti-graft agency in Lagos praised the Islamic body for partnering with the EFCC on message of anti-corruption.
He said the EFCC would not relent on his efforts at engaging religious bodies as veritable tools to spread the gospel of war against corruption among Nigerians.
Guest lecturers at the event included Professor Karmil Koyejo, the South West Vice President, Al-Habibiyyah, and Head of Department, Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, Dr Saheed, a lecturer of Foreign Language, Department of Lagos State University and others.