THE MUSLIM CONGRESS
25th September, 2023.
NIGERIA AT 63: A PROSPEROUS NATION IS A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
It is with profound sense of responsibility that, we write to call members of the Nigerian community to duty as we yearn for national stability, growth and prosperity while celebrating the 63rd independence anniversary of our dear nation. Several activities are lined up by governmental and nongovernmental organizations including The Muslim Congress, Lagos State to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of our dear country but while doing so, it is important we reflect on the situation of the country.
Obviously, the living condition of the Nigerian masses is less than desirable as basic necessities of life are becoming luxury while faith in the country is on geometric decline with a significant number of persons in active age bracket seeking refuge outside the country. Loss of faith in a system is one of the greatest diminishing denomination of a system but sadly it is the lot of our country today.
All hands must be on deck to restore faith in our country by taking deliberate but concerted effort towards national stability, growth and prosperity. Government should take security, welfare, education, health, environment, agriculture, justice, fairness, discipline, infrastructure and employment as top priority while citizens are encouraged to in turn speak truth to power, provide alternative policy prescriptions to the government, show loyalty to the country and love to everyone and work for common good without prejudice to the tribe and faith of other persons in the country.
Today, The Muslim Congress, Lagos State, unveils our one week programme for the commemoration of 63rd anniversary of our country. This is our little way of expressing faith and loyalty to the country. Amongst the programmes for the week are visitation and provision of policy prescriptions to political leaders and career officers in Lagos State public service, visitation to Ikoyi correctional centre for the purpose of counseling while also providing gifts, special jumat service across the state, novelty match and final of Waali’s cup. This will be followed by special prayer for the country and free eye screening and provision of free glasses to 150 persons on 1st October, 2023 at TMC Dawah Centre Ijesha. There will be a lecture to round it off on Monday, 2nd October, 2023 at DLI Auditorium of The University of Lagos. The lecture which will feature Fadiilatu’sh Shaykh AbdurRahman Ahmad, Chief Missioner, Ansarudeen Society of Nigeria, Dr. Zafaran Adeniyi, CEO of Vanguards Academy and Prof. AbdulHameed Sulaiman, Dean Faculty of Management Science, University of Lagos. The lecture aims at setting agenda for the reformation of the Nigerian state.
The annual week programme is to further reinforce the modest contributions of The Congress to the peace and progress of Nigeria as manifested in the establishment of Al-Barakah Micro Finance Bank, Solace Hospital, Halal Certification Authority, Zaqat & Sadaqot Foundation along with 121 branches across Lagos where admonition takes place at least once in a week.
We should also be conscious of the plight of human race beyond the shores of our country especially those who suffer injustice like the patriotic people of Palestine and countries ravaged by needless war like the suffering people of Syria, Ukraine and those affected incalculable damage due to natural disasters (earthquake) like the people of Morocco, Fiji, India, Japan, Turkey among others. May Allah restore peace and happiness in those countries and all nations of the world.
We specially want to encourage Nigerians to pray for the peace and stability of Nigeria.
رَبِّ اجۡعَلۡ هٰذَا بَلَدًا اٰمِنًا وَّارۡزُقۡ اَهۡلَهٗ مِنَ الثَّمَرٰتِ مَنۡ اٰمَنَ مِنۡهُمۡ بِاللّٰهِ وَالۡيَوۡمِ الۡاٰخِرِؕ
TAJUDEEN Y. OLUSESI, M.SC, MCIB, FIFP
Waali, The Muslim Congress, Lagos State.