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Pension for Saraki, Dogara, insensitivity to plight of Nigerians – lawmaker

The Chief Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Abiru has described the proposed life pension and immunity for the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara as a demonstration of insensitivity on the part of the National Assembly. He therefore, appealed to the leadership of the legislative arm to have a rethink on the issue.

Abiru stated this at the 9th annual Iftar and Ramadan lecture at Gbagada Praying Ground, Bariga area of the state he organised for Muslim faithful in his constituency.

The lawmaker who is representing Somolu II, noted that the public outcry against the move by the leadership of the National Assembly is overwhelming.

“The public outcry is unimaginable. This is not the time such matter should be brought to fore. At the moment, a lot of Nigerians are facing hardship. There ought to be some level of sensitivity.

“I want to believe that the National Assembly will soft pedal and allow the will and wish of Nigerians to prevail on the matter,” he added.

On the lecture, titled, “Peaceful Co-existence and Harmonious Relationship- Islamic Perspective,” Abiru explained that there are lots of people that are actually complaining about the government of Nigeria but all have to endure and be patient so as to achieve the change desired.

“As a government, to which I’m part of, we realise the challenges facing the people. The change must start from us, not about Buhari or APC alone. And in this period of Ramadan when people are expected to be sober, we feel such a topic will touch the minds of the people,” he reasoned.

Earlier in his lecture at the occasion, the Chief Imam of the Lagos State House of Assembly Mosque, Dr Abdullateef Abduhakeem explained that an ignorant Muslim is the greatest enemy of Islam.

According to him, “anyone that claims to be a Muslim but fails to learn its teaching would always be an element of chaos and instability in the society as his or her characters would negate the teaching of Islam.”

The Islamic Cleric who is also the State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, encouraged Nigerians irrespective of religions and tribes to learn how to tolerate one another.

Citing Qur’an (10:99), the Imam noted “If God willed, He would have created the entire world as one community. It is therefore necessary to note that you can’t force anyone to follow Islam.

“Inviting people to Islam according to the teaching of holy Prophet Muhammad should be done through exemplary leadership of showing courtesy, kindness and be on the vanguard of displaying sound characters,” the Cleric added,

and explained: “we must understand that religious right is too volatile in the country so, “tolerance is a necessity, let’s be objective if we must co-exist peacefully.”

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