Abdufatah Enabulele, the chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, has called on President Bola Tinubu to design and implement policies that will ease the hardships the citizens have been subjected to over the years.
Enabulele, who made the call on Wednesday in Benin City after the Eid-el-Kabir prayer at the Eid ground, said that the essence of government was to address the demands of the citizens, but lamented that the reverse has been the case.
The Muslim cleric said as a result of the prevailing situation in the country, it was pertinent for Nigerians to pray for the new president to succeed in the task of lessening the sufferings and placing the nation on a redemptive path.
“I am appealing to President Bola Tinubu; he has been preparing to be president for the last 30 years, and now that God has granted him the opportunity, he should formulate policies to touch the citizens positively.
“The purpose of government is not to make people suffer. God has blessed us and we have everything to make us happy but we are in this precarious state because of our leaders. We have to pray for him because selling fuel for over N500 is uncalled for, asking students to pay high school fees is uncalled for. More so, you have students who are training themselves in higher institutions through menial jobs”, Enabulele said.
The chief Imam, while admonishing the Muslim faithful, said: “We have to follow the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim who honoured his promise that if Allah gives him a child, he would dedicate the child to Him. If everyone, whether as a leader or an ordinary person, follows the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim, we would not have a problem in this country.
“That is why we are saying leaders should fulfil their promises because Nigerians are suffering due to their actions. If our leaders are following the footsteps of Ibrahim, then we would have fewer problems”.