UNIFEMGA Ends Conference In Ile-Ife With 15-point Agenda On How To Move Nigeria Forward

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Communiqué issued at the end of 2024 National Reunion Conference
of Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates’ Association (UNIFEMGA)
held at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (OAU) , Osun State between Friday
May 17 and Sunday May 19, 2024. (8th-10th Dhul Qadah, 1445 A.H).


The Conference whose theme is mm, ”Equal Opportunities for Prosperity in
Nigeria Changing Nigeria’s Consumption-Based Economy to a Service and
Production-Based Economy”, commenced with a special Jumat service at the
OAU Central Mosque, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

At the end of the conference, UNIFEMGA came up with the following recommendation:

1. The failure of leadership in Nigeria has caused the nation a lot of challenges. We have witnessed civil strife, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, corruption,
economic comatose, political rascality and social disorder on the increase.

2. The series of security crises we are witnessing in the country is due largely to insensitivity on the part of our leaders, inadequate intelligence gathering on the
part of the security agencies all of which constitute a great challenge to good governance and a threat to democracy and economic growth in the country.

3. The Southwest Muslims have continued to be politically marginalized as they are denied access to political offices, appointment to government establishments including university appointments using various weapons of oppression and intimidation.

4. Involvement of Nigerian Muslims especially the Muslim Elite in politics and participation in the electoral process is necessary and should be seen as an act
of Worship.

5. The Renewed Hope agenda of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Administration is supposed to reset Nigeria’s economic advancement and ease the burden of hardship on the citizenry; but thus far, the selfish activities of
saboteurs and insensitivity of our leaders made the last one year a tough one for
everybody.

6. The effects of the removal of petrol subsidy and floating of the Naira on the prices of foodstuffs, goods and services almost paralyzed the nation, hence, the
need for the nation to think out of the box and come up with a service and
production – based economy.

7. All elected and appointed leaders should be responsive to the needs and aspirations of the citizenry and embrace good governance, fairness, and justice to all as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria and make the fear of Allah their watchword, in order to forestall uprising in Nigeria.

8. The Federal Government of Nigeria should show serious commitment in fighting corruption which has eaten deep into the fabric of the citizenry in the
country by being accountable and transparent in the business of the government, while those found culpable should be made to face the wrath of the law.

9. Since Nigeria is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic society, efforts should be geared towards upholding the letter and spirit of the principle of Federal Character without sacrificing merit in all governmental affairs and appointments.

10. All the three tiers of government in Nigeria should ensure that the lives and property of all the citizens of the country are secured. This is important, as it is
only when there is national security that development and economic growth can take place.

11. The private sector should as a matter of urgency partner with the government for the education of Nigerians especially to address all the Infrastructural deficit in
our institutions of learning.

12. Employment opportunities should be given to teeming unemployed Nigerian youths who are being used as instruments of violence by some selfish and
unpatriotic individuals.

13. We condemn in strong terms the terrorist acts in some parts of the country, mob actions, jungle and selective killings of innocent Nigerians, and we advise the Federal Government to avoid the present stereotype of pigeon-holing it as a religious issue. It is more of a political, ethnic, and economic issue.

14. The Conference recommends the Islamic concept of leadership which is rooted in the institutionalization of principles of integrity, honesty and competency rather than patronages.

15. Above all, we advise all Nigerian leaders as well as all Nigerians to live in peace and harmony, learn to tolerate one another, be fair to all and remember that injustice breeds uprising and violent acts.

Signed
Engr. Mohammed Buari, National President,
Mr Sefiu Ikudaisi, National Secretary.

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