Clerics across Nigeria must support anti-corruption war being embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari if Nigeria must be rid of corruption.
Speaking at a pre-Ramadan lecture organised by the Muslim Community, Fountain University, Osogbo, Professor Abdul Hafeez Oladosu said though corruption remains part of human nature, it still must be fought all the times.
The Pre- Ramadan Lecture was tagged “Ramadan as an Instrument of Change in a Corrupt Society.”
Oladosu identified lack of effective leadership, enough living wages, corrupt judiciary as well as a lack of accountability as causes of corruption. He said that it was not possible to have a corrupt free society, since that will amount to dreaming of paradise on earth.
The guest lecturer, while highlighting different levels of corruption said the war should not be left to the government alone.
“There are different levels of corruption. We have petty corruption, system corruption and the one I refer to as grand corruption which is spiritual.
“Somebody who is spiritually corrupt is the one who amasses wealth that he will not be able to finish till eternity,” Oladosu stated.
Professor Oladosu said one of the best ways to fight corruption is fasting during the month of Ramadan, saying spiritual decay makes people to amass wealth that does not belong to them.
“Buhari got it right when he said, each time you fight corruption, corruption fights back. Once we know that this is the nature of the battle, good people and men of goodwill should abstain from corruption and be on the side of history by standing with the truth, no matter the toughness and the length of the battle,” he said.
Also speaking, the Imam of the Fountain University called on Nigerians to use the spiritual sojourn provided by Ramadan to rejuvenate their souls and key into the change revolution by reconnecting themselves to their Lord.
Dr Abdul Hafeez Adedeji said since fasting is the only act of worship that cannot be measured or assessed by any other except the man himself, the sincerity engendered by it must permeates their collective life as a nation.
“Ramadan is the peak of spirituality. When we pass through the institution of Ramadan, the institution of Ramadan must pass through us. We should not just prepare materially for Ramadan, we should rather strive to exemplify holiness, submission and total surrender to the will of Allah since we are not self made.
“It is only when we do this that the Change mantra, the central theme of the Buhari-led administration will avail us. We are all expecting government to change, but how far are the followers and the led ready to change from corrupt ways to the path of rectitude and dictates of Almighty Allah”, he queried.