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Cleric asks IBB to explain $12.4b oil windfall

…urges Jonathan to rule with fear of God

By Ola Ajayi
AS the former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) continues to campaign for his presidential ambition come 2011, former National Co-ordinator, National Council of Muslims Youth Organisations, NACOMYO, Alhaji Kunle Sanni has asked him to explain how $12.4billion oil windfall went down the drain.

This came as he warned the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan to be very careful so that the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo would not mislead him.

He said he should rule with the fear of God and should not dance to the whims and caprices of the former president, so that the country would not be thrown into another crisis.

The Islamic cleric made the call at the 8th Special Annual lecture organised by the Muslim Congress in Ibadan, weekend.

Guest speakers at the lecture entitled “Muslims and the Nation at 50” also called on Nigerian leaders to bear it in mind that they would be asked to give  account of their stewardship some day.

Blames Nigeria’s woes on past leaders

They said the problems that the country faced at the moment were created by those who never believed that there would be a day of reckoning.

Going down the memory lane, the lecturer lamented that out of the leaders that had ruled Nigeria, it was only General Murtala Mohammed and the former Head of State, General Muhammed Buhari that could beat their chest that they were not corrupt.

He specifically condemned IBB for his style of governance which had plunged the country into economic mess.

He said the problem that confronted Islamic religion was compounded by some Islamic clerics who had sold their conscience for a pot of porridge.

He explained that in some cases where the clerics had audience with some of our politicians, they betrayed the confidence reposed in them and collected money.

In his own lecture, Ustadh Dhikrullah Shafii called on other faithful to close ranks with their Christian counterparts so that remarkable progress could be achieved.

He highlighted problems of the country which, according to him, include lack of good leadership, ethnicity, politics of bitterness.

For the country to make headway, he called on the leaders to have a change of attitude and impact positively on the lives of the citizenry.


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