Elected officials in Nigeria have been reminded of the need to fulfil the promises made to the people.
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Lanre Razak said this as Muslims mark this year’s eid-el kabir.
Rasak told Voice of Nigeria that irrespective of party affiliation, politicians still needed to do more in fulfilling the promises made to the people.
According to him, this is the essence of eid-el kabir and the elected officials must reflect on this.
“It is a sin to make a promise and not fulfilling it, those who mount platform to make promises to the people must know this because it is not in the spirit of eid-el kabir,” the APC Chieftain stated.
Rasak implored Nigerians to always abide by the injunction of Allah which made it mandatory for the followers to respect their leaders, noting that they were standing in the place of God.
“The only thing Allah told us is to respect our leaders, as good citizens, those who give command to us must be respected because anyone who cannot obey his leader will find it difficult to obey God,” he stressed.
He maintained that the Nigerian government was on course in laying the right foundation for good governance even in the face of economic challenges as he advocated for patience from the people.
Antidote for recession
On the present economic situation, Rasak advised citizens to drastically reduce the appetite for imported products and focusing more on agriculture and manufacturing.
“If you go to Ikeja now, most of our industries have been converted to event centres, this is not supposed to be so, we should return to agriculture, we should go into manufacturing and stop our craze for foreign-made products and patronise made in Nigeria goods…We must encourage manufacturers and I am sure that if we do these, we will get out of economic recession,” he added after observing eid prayers in Epe.
The Chief Imam of Epe Central Mosque, Abdulkabir Oriyomi also tasked the political class to always show integrity by making their words their bond.
Oriyomi appealed to Nigerians to forge ahead in perseverance and prayed for the peace and prosperity of the nation.
Meanwhile, the APC Chairman in Bariga Local Government, Dengele Anifowoshe said that it was only the Almighty Allah that could make promises without failing.
Anifowoshe said that human beings were not infallible and by nature had limitations.
He assured Nigerians that the present leadership remained sincere to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
“The President we all know is a man of honour, he has been there before and we all know how he brought about discipline. Unfortunately, his tenure was cut short, otherwise, the ‘War Against Indiscipline’ he launched then would have been entrenched in the fabrics of our system by now; when he came back as a democrat, the level of rot he met has been so much, but notwithstanding, the President is still committed to his promises, although change is not easy, I want to appeal to everybody to endure, I say it authoritatively that in a year or two, Nigerians will laugh,” Anifowoshe reiterated.
He is also the Chairman of all APC council chairmen in Lagos State.