Nigerian youth have been enjoined to key into various youth empowerment initiatives of governments at all levels to rid the country of crime and criminal tendencies.
A don, Professor AbdulAfis Oladosu gave this charge in Abeokuta in a keynote address delivered at the opening ceremony of the 7th Dawah Retreat of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO) Southern Zone.
Speaking on the theme ‘Towards a New Nigeria: Youth on call,” Professor Oladosu said if youths embraced the government’s empowerment programmes, it would make them to be productively engaged and at the same time boost the nation’s economy.
He identified lack of knowledge of Allah, poor parenting, exposure to conventional and social media and the egregious search for materialism as the bane of the society.
The Islamic scholar who is the former Dean ‘ Faculty of Arts ‘ University of Ibadan however noted that success in life rests on 3 pillars: divinity, capacity and opportunity.
He submitted that youths should give positive meanings and directions to their lives via correct appraisal and problem-solving ventures.
In an address of welcome, the Zonal Chairman of NACOMYO, Imam Idris Yusuf commended the Ogun State Government not only on the approval of the use of hijabs in public schools but on its youth empowerment programmes.
“The apex Muslim youth body (NACOMYO) is grateful to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the one-week extension of the deadline for collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) while we call on our brethren to take an active part in the forthcoming polls” He added.
Imam Yusuf further demanded that the fundamental rights of Muslims to freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution should be respected by all adding that fairness and balancing of appointments into government offices on the basis of religion should be maintained.
In a remark’, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State underscored the significance of collaborative approaches between government and youths.
The Governor who was represented by his consultant on Islamic Affairs, Shaykh Isqeel Lawal (a.k.a. Sugar) gave an assurance that the present administration in the state will continue to be fair to all religious groups in its decisions.
The over 250 delegates at the retreat thereafter prayed for a peaceful transition and the emergence of credible leaders that will add value to the lives of the entire citizenry.