The Chief Imam of the Governor’s Office Osogbo, Osun State Alhaji Nojimdeen Khuzamat has attributed the persistence insecurity in Nigeria to the absence of social justice and good governance.
He said leadership failure, absence of fair and equitable justice and abandonment of the poor in the midst of surplus, are the major factors provoking violence in some parts of the world, which has led to massive waste of lives and properties.
The chief Imam said this while giving sermon at the National Day Prayer for Nigeria organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) at Olu Osungboun, Hall, Nigeria Union of Journalist Press Centre, Osogbo last Thursday.
Khuzamat said, “In any society where there is no social justice, where the rights of the people are constantly being infringed upon without judicial remedy, where people are committing crimes without capital punishment for the crime, there will always be violent reactions and civil unrest”.
“Injustice and corruption are major problems confronting Nigeria and the irony of it is that majority of our leaders are Muslims and Christians, these two religions strictly forbid injustice, which has become an habit in government circle.”
He stressed further that if the country’s justice system can be reformed, where nobody will be above the law, and whoever commits crime is punished according to the law of the land, it will drastically reduce crime rate.
While praying for peace and harmony in the country, he urged the leaders to practice the religion of God according to the doctrines of God, saying if there is fear of God, the society will be at rest.
In his address, Director General of the NOA, Alhaji Idi Farouk delivered by the state Director, Evangelist Oluremi Wilson said the special programme “National Prayer Day” is to seek God’s intervention in the affairs of the country.
She said, “it is in recognition of the importance of prayer that this event is organized, to hold simultaneously in the 36 states and the FCT.
“Our prayer today is essentially to seek God’s intervention, bring about sustainable peace and security, and help our political and traditional leaders at all levels, to provide leadership that is anchored on the fear of God and honest service to the people.
The DG however prayed for the unity of the country and pledged to work with other stakeholders in restoring peace, saying, “as we commit the nation to prayer, we pray that Almighty God will grant us peace and security for the transformation of our great nation, Nigeria. As an agency, we shall continue to work with all stakeholders to promote the culture of peace, understanding and togetherness given the common humanity and destiny that we share.”
The DG said. Alhaji Busari, Imam Anabilonigba Central Mosque,Osogbo, Venerable Dr. Oluyemi of the All Saints Church Balogun Agoro, Osogbo and other clergies, conducted the prayer session at the programme.