By Haroon Balogun
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has urged Muslims to use the institution of Zakat to promote equitable redistribution of wealth and foster a sense of solidarity among Muslims. Ajimobi gave the advice recently during the annual distribution of Zakat by the Elders Consultative Forum of Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria, Oyo state chapter in Ibadan.
The governor, who was represented at the event by Mr AbdulJelil Busari, PermanentSecretary, Oyo state Teaching Service Commission, said Zakat was considered by Muslims as an act of piety through which one expresses concern for the well-being of fellow Muslims. Ajimobi called on the Muslims and groups to address the effective, efficient collection and management of Zakat fund.
He urged the forum to ensure that indigent Muslims have access to Zakat fund and other items and are managed in a sustainable way in order to get adequate reward from Allah. In his contribution, the Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, said that poverty was too rampant among the Muslims because the rich among them were not paying Zakat.
Shittu said that he was planning a poverty alleviation programme which was not politically motivated but aimed at assisting the less-privileged and would be done purposely for the sake of Allah.