(SHAFAUDEEN ISHRAT 2108 BEGINS SATURDAY 20 JANUARY)
Nigerians are not ready to learn from the bitter experiences of the 1967 civil war.
This assertion was made by the Founder and Spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in an chat with Federationews2day.
”Nigerians are not ready to learn from the civil war, because if we had learned through the fratricidal war of shame, during which the blood of our brothers and innocent citizens were shed, our behaviour ought to have changed. We resorted to reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction, which were never executed perfectly, rather our human rights records make us look like nonentities, who are living together by force”.
Prof Olagoke also decried the attitude of the Federal Government of celebrating fallen heroes annually without impacting positively on the lives of survivors and the families of fallen heroes.
”The celebration of fallen heroes portrays us as a nation of hypocrites. What is the rationale behind the celebration ? Is it supposed to be a ritual or an honour ? Is it not supposed to be followed up by remembering the families of the fallen heroes ? From the Soldiers to the Generals ? Most of the lucky, but unfortunate ones, were never taken care of. Retirees from the Army and other services of the Armed Forces are languishing, struggling frantically to collect their pensions, most of which are just stipends. Why is it difficult to take care of the families of the fallen heroes ? To me this is hypocrisy, let us try to do the needful. Lagos Lawyer, Femi Falana(SAN), has been leading the advocacy for the payment of retired soldiers entitlements. However, you can see how some of these soldiers, who are wretched are going about, cap in hands, begging for money to pay legal fees, even when we know that Government will continue to be adamant.
”Remembering the fallen heroes through fun fare is unfair to the heroes and heroines, to make Nigeria one and prosperous. Suffice it now to say , that in the absence of motivation, Nigeria will continue to witness pockets of violence, insurgency and even terrorism. Government must begin to show wisdom by doing the neddful”, Prof. Olagoke concluded.
SHAFAUDEEN ISHRAT 2108 BEGINS SATURDAY 20 JANUARY
The 2018 Ishrat, 20th Walimot’l and 35th anniversary of Shafaudeen L’ Islam begins on Saturday, 20 January, 2018, with Kiddies Sports and Inter School Competition and Novelty Race. The event which is slated for 10.00 am, holds at Christ Church School, Wakajaiye Ibadan,will also feature a lecture titled ”Free and Functional Education for all Children. A must for Government.
On Sunday, 21 January, the 20th Walimatul Qur’an Validation Test Ceremony and conferment and confirmation of title comes up, while on Tuesday, 23 January the Annual Sustainable Development Stakeholders International conference, with Theme : Promoting Inclusive Society : Empathy, Not Sympathy, holds at the Global Peace Hall, Shafaudeen International Headquarters, Wakajiaye, Ibadan, Nigeria by 10.00am. The host is Center for Religious Cooperation and Tolerance(CRCT).
On Wednesday, 24 January, the Founder’s day of Prospect High School, Abanla comes up by 10.00 am at the school’s premises and later in the day, by 2.00 pm, the Rasool Cup Final holds at the Olubadan stadium.
On Thursday, 25, January the All Favour Night and Annual Tahjud comes up between 9.00pm and 5.00am at the Shafaudeen International Headquarters, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, while there will be a Jumat service, Seminar, Sports, Youth Camp and Media Interview on Friday, 26 January by 12 noon at the same venue.
The Grand finale comes up on Saturday 27 January at the same venue, the annual Ishrat lecture Titled ” Building Strong Institutions for Nigeria. A corporate Governance Challenge”, will be delivered by Prof Sabitu Olagoke. There will also be a book launch, Investiture of Nation Builders, Title conferment and confirmation, On-Going Projects Inspection, 20th Wlaimot Quran by the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Abubakar Agbotomokerekere and will be rounded off with the annual special prayer for the nation. The even begins by 10.00 am.