By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
An Islamic cleric, Sheik Wahab Bani, has stated that the fear of God as the only panacea for credible and violent-free election in Osun come August 9, 2014.
Sheik Bani while delivering a lecture at the special Ramadan Lecture organized by the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in Osogbo, urged all politicians in the state to embrace love and ensure that the election is conducted peacefully.
Bani who is also the Chief Imam of Afonta Central Mosque, Osogbo, said “not all contestants in a race will win, because all successes are of Allah as He alone knows the thought of every individual.”
According to the cleric, “those who seek positions of authorities in a violent way would incur the wrath of God, while those who seek peace and development of the society will be accordingly rewarded”.
Speaking on the topic, “Roles of Muslims in a Peaceful Election”, the renowned Islamic cleric maintained that both the contestants and electorate need to embrace peace if the August 9 election in the state would be successful.
He said religion cannot be separated from politics, advising that policies of government and manifesto of political parties should be drawn from the Quran and Holy Bible.
The guest lecturer was of the opinion that formal education is not sufficient to be a successful politician and leader but knowledge and the fear of God.
Appealing to politicians to always fulfill their promises to the electorate to enhance the development of their environment, Bani stressed the need for all those who would be participating in the poll to imbibe the fear of God.
Speaking, the state chairman of NUJ, Mr. Abiodun Olalere said the NUJ put the lecture in place to identify with the Muslims during the Ramadan and to further stress the need for the society to always embrace peace, especially during elections.