The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Abuja Chapter, has advised elected public office holders to always make promises they can fulfill.
This they said is in order to avoid Allah’s anger for their failure to live up to expectations.
The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) made the call last Saturday during its 13th Annual Ramadan Lecture in Abuja.
During the lecture entitled: ‘Fulfilling Electoral Promises’, invited Islamic scholars, clerics and media practitioners laid emphasis on the importance of sincerity and fairness before and after being elected into public offices.
They condemned situations whereby vague promises are made by politicians across religious and ethnic lines without intention or efforts to fulfill them.
A former Ameer, Abuja Muslim Forum, Malam Idris Usman,who represented the Chairman, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Secretary-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) said politicians should have good intentions.
“No one is elected into office, except he or she offers himself to be elected, with promises to do one thing or the other, public office holders should always remember that they are accountable in this world and in hereafter.
“The religious leaders, the media and the general public should be reminding them of the need to be accountable.
“Elected leaders should be just in all their affairs, they should be fair to all, irrespective of religion or tribe of their followers.
“That is what Allah commanded Daud (David) when he became the leader of his people,” he said.
Usman enjoined leaders to be responsible while followers should clamour for good leaders and not corrupt leaders.
Similarly, Missioner, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja, Dr Musa Olaofe, emphasised the importance of covenant.
“The Holy Prophet, Muhammad (PBUH) said: “They who have no covenant have no faith. Whoever has faith in Allah should fulfill his promise.
“Allah told leaders to lead by example, by doing what they expect their followers to do and not doing the contrary,” he said.
Olaofe urged both followers and leaders to have the fear of Allah in their relationship with one another, saying that is a veritable recipe for a developed and peaceful society.
Also, Managing Director, Daily Times Nigeria Ltd, Mr Aliu Akoshile, also urged both leaders and the led to be mindful of the kind of society they desired.
“What we do at various levels affect what happen at national level. If we are not sincere at home, we cannot task those at national level on sincerity.
“There is triangle of conspiracy and the Media is part of the conspiracy.
“If the scholars, media and the general public fail to say the truth to those in position of power, the society will not be better.
“Various organisations, including the media that are giving awards to public office holders who perform below expectation encourage them to continue to misbehave.
“Therefore, the Media should reposition own responsibility to make elected officers work effectively,” he said.
However, outgoing Chairman, MMPN, Abuja Chapter and the new National President of the association, Abdulrahman Balogun, urged political office holders to be truthful in their dealings with the people.
“As Muslims, truth must be said at all times. We are using this edition of the lecture to remind elected office holders to remember their electoral promises.
“Failure to do so will attract the wrath of Allah on them, it is very important to always be conscious of that.
“Also, media practitioners are enjoined to avoid tokenism (collecting token) from public office holders which prevent them from factual reportage of their performances,” he said.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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