By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – AS Muslims join the rest of the world to mark this year’s Eid el-Kabir, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Saturday urged leaders at all levels to embrace the fear of God in the discharge of public responsibilities.
According to him, the nation’s leaders must also ensure that as they administer the affairs of the country, they should endeavour to make lives of ordinary people worth living.
In his Sallah message from his Media Office in Abuja, the former Vice President said without practising the ethics of their religions, leaders would not have the conscience to appreciate the untold hardship facing millions of ordinary citizens.
According to him, leaders must carry religion beyond symbolism and external ostentation, saying that without the fear of God, justice and equity to the people would mean nothing in the hearts of leaders. He added that the worsening poverty in the country and the widening gap between leaders and the people was quite disturbing.
“The obscene display of wealth by elected leaders while millions of voters continue to wallow in abject poverty carries the risks of the people losing faith in governance. In fact the happiness, welfare and security of the people are the bedrock of any legitimately elected government,” he said.
Atiku, however, enjoined Nigerians not to let up in their supplications to God for the continued growth and development and unity and stability of the country.