Traditional, political leaders urged to lead by example

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

A foremost traditional ruler in Nigeria, the Oluwo of Iwo has asked traditional rulers and parents to lead by example by shunning cultism in order to discourage their subjects and children from joining secret cults.

Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi made the call at the official celebration of the 1438 Hijrah New Year by the government and entire Muslim Community in Osogbo, Osun State capital.

The monarch said the call on students to shun cultism will only be meaningful if parents, traditional rulers and political leaders equally shun it.

“I call on all my colleagues (the traditional rulers) to shun cultism in order to be morally justified in our war against cultism. Children will only emulate their parents in what they see them practise just as subjects or citizens will engage in what they see their leaders do. If we shun cultism today our children will also distant themselves from it.

“We have not behaved responsibly in the past. We have been wasteful and the consequence of those wrong attitudes is what we are reaping today. All we need to do is to pray for our leaders and assist them with responsible behaviours. Change must begin with every one of us,” he said.

Congratulating the Muslim Community for witnessing another year, the Osun State Governor Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola urged parents to be alive to their responsibilities by ensuring their children shun cultism in schools

The Governor who said cultism and its attendant violence has now found its way into elementary schools said Osun will only retain its status as the State of the Virtuous if the future leaders shun crimes and embrace high moral standard with strong character.

“Cultism is now in elementary schools. It is because our children are not guided to the way of God. Parents should create time for their children. Children that have adequate attention and focused parental care will not go into cultism,” the Governor said.

Aregbesola who was represented by the Head of Service, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola said the foresight and pro-activeness of his administration as well as appreciation of religious tolerance made the Osun the first to declare a public holiday in honour of the Muslim New Year in Nigeria.

Speaking on the theme: Current Economic Recession in Nigeria: Manmade or God Ordained?, the Guest Speaker, Sheikh Husain Akinola said according to the holy Qur’an, Allah shall not change the situation of the people from bad to good until they change what is in their souls.

He urged Nigerians to emulate the virtues of Hijrah and eschew crimes, saying citizen’s sins and iniquity of the leaders led Nigeria to the present predicament.

“Wasteful spending, corruption, idolatry, killing of innocent souls, ritual killings, fornication among many other evils have made God to visit us with recession and other crisis so that we can turn to Him.”

“Only sincere repentance and reversal of our bad ways will return Allah’s abundant blessings. There is hope for us as long as we turn to Allah and follow His ways,” he said.

Shaikh Akinola urged Nigerians to continue to endure in their support for state Governor and Federal Government in their frantic effort to reposition the economy and the nation at large.