From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Khalid Aliyu, has said lack of proper upbringing of children in Nigeria has created most of the current societal ills experienced in the country.
Shiekh Aliyu made his position known to journalists during an interview Tuesday in Jos, Plateau State, shortly after he delivered a sermon at the Jos Fiber Mosque to mark this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
The Islamic clergy blamed the devastating insecurity and economic challenges in the country on parents who could not admonish their children to be of worthy character and be productive citizens.
He charged governments at all levels to tackle economic challenges and adequately secure citizens from Boko Haram and bandits.
During the sermon, Shiekh Aliyu told the congregation to be resilient, and trust in God, just as Adam of the old did when God requested him to offer his only son for sacrifice to God.
Sheikh Aliyu said those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam are not true Muslims, and should be apprehended accordingly.
He urged the congregation to have firm faith in God’s ability to provide for them, no mater the situation.
The cleric pleaded with people occupying positions of authority in government to help mitigate in the economic hardship faced by common Nigerians who feed from hand-to-mouth daily.
Aliyu frowned over daily rising in prices of foodstuff in the country; and urged people in charge of price control to do the needful and change the devastating situation.
He tasked security operatives not to relent in their duty-call of protecting armless Nigerians.
He congratulated Muslims for celebrating the Eid-El-Kabir festival, urged them to be peaceful, present gifts to the poor and the needy.
The sheikh offered prayers for the unity of the country and Nigerians to remain as one indivisible country.