The chief imam, Fouad Lababidi Central Mosque, in Abuja’s Wuse Zone 3, Tajudeen Adigun Bello, says Nigeria is under the grip of the devil.
He warned that except the leaders and the led abandoned their negative lifestyles for righteousness, Allah might not change the situation in the country.
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He said this in Abuja at the 2nd annual Ramadan lecture of Forum for Islamic Guidance themed: ‘Freedom from the Slavery of Sin’.
Represented by Imam Mohammad Buhari Musa of Citec Mosque Mbora Estate Abuja, Bello said corruption, injustice and other malfeasance were slowing Nigeria’s progress.
He said Muslims and all Nigerians must turn back to Allah in sincere and total repentance if the nation must overcome insecurity and other socio-economic challenges confronting it.
“Nigeria is enmeshed in all forms of sins, with banditry, kidnapping, wanton killings, injustice and corruption have become the order of the day. It is either Muslims submit to the total will of Allah which leads to freedom from all sins or submit to Shaytan (devil) which is a straight road to bondage and jahanam (hell),” he said.
Quoting from the Holy Quran, he said Allah has said He will not change the condition of a community or a nation unless the people change their ways of life.
Another cleric, Sheikh Buhari Musa, said: “It is time to retrace our steps back to Allah, seek total repentance to reclaim and regain our country from the path of destruction.”