By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen in-Islam worldwide, Wakajaye, Ibadan, Prof. Sabit Ariyo Olagoke, has urged the government to avoid any form of diversionary means that could slow down the country’s development but should rather use this period of COVID-19 phobia to address the primary issues on ground in the areas of health sector, education, poverty and hunger, as well as Infrastructural challenges.
Prof. Olagoke who stated this in his Eid-el-Fitri message to Nigerians to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast which he signed and made available to newsmen said there is an urgent and dire need for the downward review of political office holder’s salaries and allowances including top officials in institutions and agencies
He added that reduction of cost of entourage management is desired without downsizing the workforce to avoid social menace and the country from economic collapse during and after COVID 19 pandemic.
On the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, he charged medical and pharmaceutical Departments, Institutions, Research Centres, Herbal Experts and NAFDAC need to work together on homegrown scientific-based culture antidote to COVID 19 to cure victims.
“This is because nobody will trust any vaccine from the western world which is the source of this COVID 19 pandemic, even if the Bill is forced to be passed by the House on it. , he added
The Islamic cleric pointed out that the religion sectors must be critically examined on scripture compliance, house of worship sacredness, for government and the nation to depend and rely on their clerics and for COVID 19 to be stopped through divine intervention
“Religious practice in Nigeria, Christianity and Islam inclusive has become a mere gimmick for extortion, making the houses of God to become haven of fraudsters and deposit base for looted blood money, with impunity and without control.
“Religious sectors must be critically examined on scripture compliance, house of worship sacredness, for government and the nation to depend and rely on their clerics and for COVID 19 to be stopped through divine intervention.