‘How social justice stimulates peaceful co-existence’

Head of Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, Prof. Abdulateef Abass (left); Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele; President of GIC, Engr. Akin Laguda; lecturer at University of Ilorin, Prof. Yusuf Lanre Badmus; Alhaji Lateef Agoro and Chief Imam of GIC, Imam Isiak Ambali during Glorious Islamic Centre (GIC), 10th yearly lecture, graduation of students, award of prizes for Quranic recitation and essay competition in Lagos.

The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, has urged Muslims holding public office to uphold virtuous conduct in all their dealings.

Salako-Oyedele stated this during Glorious Islamic Centre (GIC) 10th yearly lecture, the graduation of students, the award of prizes for Quranic recitation and essay competition in Lagos.

She commended the founder of GIC and other stakeholders of the organization for making the center attractive for Muslims and Non-Muslims.

She noted that the theme of the programme, ‘Islamic Social Justice as an Antidote to social problems’ would address factors responsible for the unsavory condition of the nation.

“The expectation of all of us as a Muslim is to enforce morality wherever we found ourselves, most especially those of us holding political offices. May Allah guide us right”

The President of GIC, Engr. Akin Laguda said GIC is an Islamic NGO offering educational, medical and social service to everyone in need including Muslims and non-Muslims.

“All our programmes are geared towards achieving tolerance, peace, and goodness in the light of Islam. Since 2001 that we started with our first inaugural lecture about 10 years ago we have moved by the grace of God from one step to another trying to improve on what we do. Today we’ve got various programme to broaden the mind of Muslim and Non-Muslims in the light of Islam”

He urged the government to give Nigeria youth a sense of purpose and belonging.

“The best thing government can do to better the lives of the youth is by giving them sense of purpose in the sense that they are exposed to vital information that can make them prosper in the 21st century. Their going to college or university is not all they need”.

The Chairman of the Occasion, Alhaji Umar Saro who was represented by Prof. Yusuf Lanre Badmus (A lecture at University of Ilorin) said the combination of Islamic and western education produces a balanced individual who will be useful to this life and hereafter.

“ A person who is deeply rooted in Islamic and western knowledge will be able to make a remarkable legacy in society by promoting justice”

He commended the initiatives of the President of GIC for creating an enabling environment for people to belong to where they will be sober a little bit.

“ I hope the audience will benefit tremendously from this gathering and they will apply the lesson learned to their life,” he said.

The guest lecturer, Head of Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies University of Ibadan, Prof. Abdulateef Oluwole Abass said the preservation of social justice depends on each and every member of that society by freely adhering to the moral principles and practices.

“ The pillar that holds a society is justice, if we are able to deliver justice positively the country would be at peace. We are in this problem because we don’t operate on justice. People don’t believe in our laws because when you do good nobody to reward you but when you do bad, they will chase you around.

“In fact, those who do bad and go away with are the rich elite. If it happens that justice is properly delivered people will be afraid of doing what is bad and the society will be at rest. And people who do good will be encouraged to do more and the society will be at rest” he said.

During the competitions, Minnah Lawal of Wamy Primary School emerged has first in Primary school Quran Competition, At the Secondary School Level Abubakar Abdulmalik of MCPS Secondary, Ebute Meta, clinched the first prize.

While, Olarewaju Fatimah Ololade of University of Lagos Department of Accounting won the tertiary institution Essay Competition, Kosoko Aisha Adedamola of Ansar-ud-Deen Girls High school, Itire won the Primary School Essay competition and Alayaki Mukramah of Muslim Association of Nigeria (M.A.N) Nursery &Primary School, Surulere won Primary School essay competition.

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