Cleric advises youths against violence, anti social behaviours



By Emmanuella Onah/ Bridget Ikyado

A religious leader, Malam Dalhatu Ahmad, has urged youths to shun all negative tendencies, including violence that will scuttle their future and the progress of their communities.

Dalhatu who is the Chief Imam of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) mosque in Abuja, made the appeal in an interview on Wednesday.

He said that the youths and other Nigerians should embrace hard work and decency, so as to enhance their lives and humanity in general.

The Imam added that social vices in whatever form always leads to unending regrets and pains, and was against the tenets of Islam and other religions.

“Islam promotes decency in the society, it is against violence and provides channels through which people can present their problems without resorting to violence,” he added.

Ahmad also advised politicians to engage the youths positively and not cash in on their conditions to push them into violence during the forthcoming general elections.

He noted that alot of youths were idle, a situation that may be used by politicians to lure them into electoral violence and other vices.

“It is a collective problem, the youths are there without work and may be tempted, but it’s important for them to understand that violence will not benefit anyone.

“Of what benefits is violence that the consequences will fall back on you, and even if it doesn’t fall back on you, what are you benefiting if your neighbour is injured or dead?

“I think as brothers and sisters we are supposed to uplift one another so that together we can make it and Nigeria will be great again,” he said.

The Imam also urged civil servants to discharge their responsibilities to the country with decency and the fear of God.

“As public servants their work is a trust which they must uphold as they will account for whatever they do before God.

“When you are given a job, do it to the best of your ability; God is watching you and will guide you to deliver the trust placed on you for the good of the nation,” Ahmad said.