Muslims have been urged to engage meaningfully in the political process by electing God-fearing leaders who will deliver good governance and ensure a peaceful society.
This call was made at a political discourse on “elections and electioneering” jointly organised by the Centre for Global Peace Initiative (CGPI) and The Muslim Congress (TMC) in Lagos.
The Amir (President) of TMC, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, said that the programme was put together to sensitise people about their civic responsibility as citizens, educate them on the voting process and to highlight the attributes expected to observe in those seeking public offices.
AbdurRaheem remarked that good governance could only be realised when leadership emerges through general consensus. He said: “All efforts must be geared towards enlightening the public on active participation in election process.’’
An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Luka Buba, underscored on the need for participants to play an active role in the election process while listing tips to ensure that their votes count.
According to him, the first step they needed to take was to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), which is the only instrument through which they can elect their leaders for the next four years.
Luka disclosed that INEC had registered over 84 million Nigerians for the forthcoming general elections from which Lagos accounted for about seven million.
According to him, there are more than one million PCV lying in wait at INEC office in Lagos for collection.
He, therefore, charged those that have registered but are yet to collect their PCV to do so by going to their ward headquarters to get theirs.
The INEC official commended the organisers of the discourse, expressing joy at the massive turnout of the Muslims for the programme.
Secretary of the Muslim Community of Oyo State, Ustadz Ismail Busayri, spoke on the importance of leadership position in any society. He made reference to verses from the Qur’an and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to justify his assertion.
He highlighted the prerequisites of a good leader in accordance with the principles of the Shari’a, quoting relevant portions from the two authentic sources of Islamic scriptures.
He emphasised three methods by which leaders emerge in the society globally, which include; through military coup, monarchy and through Suurah (Consultations).
He said that while coup and monarchy systems were forceful, brutal and without tenure, the emergence of leaders, through consultation tends to involve the people and has tenure of office.