Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has advocated the entrenchment of Zakat, a system of wealth redistribution, to fight poverty in the land.
“If all mankind imbibes the spirit of Zakat, there would be no poverty in the land. It is not about Islam, it is about a system of wealth redistribution. We must imbibe it so that people can get the benefits of life”, he said.
Ahmed spoke at the 8th Lai Mohammed Ramadan lecture organised by the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed in his Oro Irepodun Local Government country home.
The governor also tasked political leaders in the country to lead with piety and humility by recognising that power and sovereignty belongs to Almighty God.
He said: “Power and sovereignty belong to Allah. He gives it to whom he wills and he takes from whom he wills.
“If he gives it to you, you must use it with piety and humility and most importantly, we must be seen to be givers. Charity is very important. And Zakat which is what we call wealth redistribution, Allah has created life as a life of equilibrium. It is not by accident that he has made some rich and some poor but he has given us a redistribution mechanism so that we can always take from the rich and get to the poor and that is Zakat”.
Chief Imam of Offa, Sheikh Muideen Hussein in his lecture urged political leaders to serve with fear of Allah and address the problem of hunger in the country. He also called on the people of the state to rally round the APC government to succeed.
(Daily Times Nigeria / 13 July 2014)---
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