Lafia - An Islamic cleric in Nasarawa State, Malam Ishaq Adudu, has called on the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and other elected leaders to be transparent in the discharge of their duties.
Adudu, who is the Chief Imam of Kidi Magoron Mosque in Lafia, made the call in an interview on Sunday in Lafia.
He said it was imperative for all elected leaders to ensure prudence in the management of public resources and be transparent in the discharge of their duties.
"As religious leaders, our role is to preach peace and unity because no meaningful development can be achieved in any society without peace.
"Peace is priceless and non-negotiable and Nigerians must embrace peace for speedy development to be achieved.
"I also want to task our president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and other incoming leaders on the need to be prudent and transparent in the discharge of their duties.
"Corruption, injustice, violence, among other social evils have affected the socio-economic development of the country negatively for too long; there is need for all hands to be on deck to redirect the affairs of this country.
"For Nigeria to achieve speedy development, all incoming elected leaders, political office holders, civil servants and ordinary Nigerians in general must do away with sentiments, corruption, injustice, abuse of office among others social ills.
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"We must all imbibe the culture of transparency in the discharge of our duties in order to improve on the standard of living of the ordinary people."
According to Adudu, henceforth, every public office holder will be expected to exhibit exemplery traits in the management of public resources.
He called on leaders at all levels to be fair and just in order to earn the confidence of the public, adding that people would account for their actions before God on the Day of Judgment.
The cleric urged Nigerians to pray for the new leaders to take up the task of restoring the glory of Nigeria with vigour.
He said the leaders would need God's guidance to execute luadable projects, alleviate poverty, reduce youth restiveness and unemployment as well as boost the country's economy.
The cleric enjoined people of the state and all Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations, for the overall development of the country.