From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been charged to remain an impartial umpire during the February 16, 2019 general elections to ensure its credibility.
A renowned Islamic preacher, Sheikh Muhydeen Ajani Bello gave this charge at the Pre-Installation lecture organised for the installation of Alhaji (Imam) Ganny Bello as the Olodeke of Ikare Akoko.
Sheikh Muhydeen, who is also the Missioner of Ansar-Ud- Deen Society of Nigeria, Northern States Council, observed that the whole world is watching Nigeria saying that the impartiality of INEC in the election will further boost the image of the country among the international community.
Similarly, he cautioned political gladiators in the country to watch their utterances and actions as these will make or mar the political as well as the economic of the country.
Meanwhile, cleric blamed politicians for most of the woes that has befallen Nigeria.
According to him, dishonesty and lack of the fear of God on the part of politicians and those in positions of authority are largely responsible for the nation’s present predicaments.
He disclosed that, “when politicians are seeking offices they will say all those sweet words and promises but will turn to do other things as soon as they are elected.”
He noted that politicians will dig wells and boreholes for the people while they go for the best table waters, send their children to schools abroad and leave the common man to groan under exorbitant school fees with decayed public schools infrastructure.
He however, commended President Muhammad Buhari on his fight against corruption in the country, advising Nigerians not to see the fight as the struggle by the president alone but a fight that should be unanimously fought by all to bring back the glory of the country.
He described corruption as a grievous offence before God because the right of many are usurped by a few in authority.
In his reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Ibrahim Kilani charged Muslims to embrace peace before, during and after the elections.
Alhaji Kilani cautioned Muslim parents not to allow their children to be used as thugs by desperate politicians, just as he charged them no to conduct themselves in any manner likely to cause breach of peace during the election.