Cleric tasks elected leaders on fulfilling electioneering campaign promises
By: Femi Mustapha
The Deputy Imam of Sultan Bello Mosque Kaduna, Sheikh Umar Usama, has called on newly elected political leaders in the country to fear Allah and fulfill their electioneering campaign promises when they assume office.
The Islamic scholar gave the charge during the 28th Annual End of Ramadan Lecture organized by the Federation Of Muslim Women’s Associations In Nigeria (FOMWAN) Kaduna State Branch on April 16, 2023.
The cleric noted that the mandate given to them represented the lives, hope, and voices of the people; hence, the elected leaders must justify the confidence reposed in them through constant engagement and delivery of dividends of democracy. He spoke on the theme: “The Importance of Keeping Promises in Islam” and explained that politicians could assume any character to win the minds of electorates and thereafter abandon them after they assume office.
He urged elected leaders to see every promise made during the 2023 electioneering as a debt that must be paid. He further explained that keeping promises is not limited to elected leaders, but all Muslims. Hence, they should understand that being truthful in promises and covenants was one of the best characteristics by which true believers were known.
“I will like to remind our brothers and sisters in Islam, those who were elected in the President and National Assembly elections, to fear Allah and endeavor to fulfill their electioneering campaign promises. They should also justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorate, by ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of resources that will be entrusted to them. They should also ensure the protection of lives, properties, and learn from the mistakes of their immediate predecessors. Leadership is about trust, and you will be asked by God on what you were entrusted with.”
In her welcome, the State Amira of FOMWAN, Pharm. Aisha Isyaku, urged parents to nurture their children as enshrined in the glorious Quran, saying most vices committed by youth are linked to poor parenting.
The Amira, whose tenure and that of the Exco comes to an end soon, said FOMWAN as an umbrella body for all Muslim Women’s Organizations, wishes to appreciate the efforts of all towards the support of Muslim women and youth generally.
She said the association has made marks in the education sector via the construction of FOMWAN Special School for the Deaf, FOMWAN Faisal School, FOMWAN Darul Tauhid at Tudun Barde, FOMWAN Model Institute Islamiyya for Women, and FOMWAN Ihsan for Children.
“We have a hospital at Badarawa established in 1992. Clinics are also located in some local governments in the state. We hope for more to be established.
So far, at our Badarawa Hospital, services are rendered to both Muslims and non-Muslims. Over four hundred thousand naira (N400,000.00) worth of free treatment is being administered to the less privileged quarterly. The hospital offers services to victims of crisis and internally displaced persons (IDPs),” she said.