“Political Appointments Should Be Strictly On Merit”, Muslim Cleric Advises Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

“Political Appointments Should Be Strictly On Merit”, Muslim Cleric Advises Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

By: Ogwu Glory

An Islamic cleric, Imam Rilwanulahhi Abdulfatai Aleshinloye, the Mufasir of Oke-Ola, Olosun Community Central Mosque in Ota has advised the newly sworn-in governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun to base his political appointments strictly on merits as it is the only way he can have a successful spell in office.

Imam Aleshinloye

The cleric said this on Sunday at the 2019 Tafsir of the central mosque in commemoration of this years Ramadan. While reading from the holy book, Quran chapter 2 verses 30-48, Imam Aleshinloye emphasized on what the Almighty Allah wanted Adam to come and do on earth, how to handle disparities between him and the angels, and how to deal with his children. He added that this year’s Ramadan, which also coincides with the swearing-in of political appointees, became necessary to sensitize political public office holders on how to effectively govern their people.

Iman Aleshinloye further advised politicians to be humble in all their dealings with their subjects as the holy book teachings of Almighty Allah has stipulated. He encouraged politicians to be merciful on the masses as their tenure in office is but transient.

While speaking on the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the new governor of Ogun state, he said his coming was that which has been ordained by Almighty Allah and that he should do everything humanly possible to make sure that he does not disappoint Him. He added that being a new Governor, there would be intense lobbying as to who holds a particular political position or the other, urging the Governor to base his appointments strictly on merits as it was the only way his tenure as the state governor could record significant success.

Speaking with VOA News correspondent shortly after the sermon, Imam Aleshinloye advised Muslims to practice all the teachings they have passed through in the period of Ramadan. He said that the mosque should be a place of solace as lots of activities can take place at the mosque which will make Muslims become even more closer to God beyond the period of fasting.

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In an interview with VOA News, the Olori Alasalatu of Okeola community central mosque, Hadjia Zainab Oladiran, advised women in Islam to build the nation by monitoring the children.

Hadjia Zainab Oladiran

She added that by so doing, the children will be useful for the community, especially, when they assume political positions later in life.

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A member, Khalifa Yusuf Olakota, popularly known as Adajo, who spoke with our correspondent, said that this year’s Tafsir, which is the 3rd since they started; has helped guide a lot of people as to how to comport themselves in the way of Islam and how to interrelate with people from other religions for peaceful coexistence.

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In another interview with one of the youths, Oladiran Shakiru Oladayo, he advised youths to shun social vices that are competing with the time which they have for God.

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The Tafsir, had members of the community central mosque as well as guests in attendance.

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