Ojo Muslim Youths in Lagos have demanded for improved living standards for Nigerians as they mark the end of Ramadan, but warned citizens would remain poor if they are docile politically.
The youths made the demand in an early morning Mubarak Walk and Sensitisation in Lagos, to mark the end of Ramadan.
They demanded for improvement in the living standards of Nigerians from President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and council chairmen.
The road show aroused patriotic zeal in youths other than the religious group, preaching against conscience buying and selling during the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Al Mufutua Goriola, one of the youth leaders, said the period of youths being conformist to maladministration was over.
According to him, youths will no longer sit on the fence while the nation continues to drift.
Mr Goriola said “hyper-inflation” had contributed to starvation and illnesses resulting in the untimely death of many.
He explained that the spiritual rebirth of Ramadan should have a bearing in people’s social life to spur them to ask questions and make demands that could foster social re-engineering for the common good.
“If you continue to be docile without holding leaders accountable, people’s living standards will not improve. Redeeming our collective social value in all ramifications is a lesson of the Ramadan. Therefore, it behoves us to change the trend that has made us indigent in a land of plenty,” he noted. “Our religious posture should not be a barrier for us to put ourselves in the scheme of things we know can improve our lives.”
Mr Goriola condemned youths’ parochial
attitude in the midst of social ill.
The deputy imam of the Lagos State University Mosque, Abdullmalik Lawal, advised Nigerians, especially in choosing leaders during the forthcoming general election, not to elect politicians that would make them remain in poverty.