Lagos to Place Imams, Pastors on Salaries

Islamic scholars in the country and some Christian clerics have been tasked to take the lead in preaching against corruption to their followers.

This comes as the Lagos State government vowed to engage some religious leaders including Pastors and place them on salary to assist in reorienting the people to shun corruption and immorality.

During a sensitization programme for Imams and Scholars across Lagos state organized by Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, the clerics were charged to tailor their sermon towards promoting accountability and transparency in public and private sectors.

Chairman of the occasion and Lagos Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdulateef said Lagos state government will continue to interact with leaders of different faiths and “we shall be willing to even engage many of them by making provision for their salaries so that they can assist government to re-orientate the people for good”.

“Imams and Pastors are believed to be men of God. So we need all of you to help us to encourage the right values in the society particularly in the area of accountability and anti-corruption.

“We must remember that the Almighty Allah will ask all of us to render account of our deeds in the hereafter. So the Imams and other religious clerics should lead us in the right direction because they are our leaders”, he said.

The representative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Umar Hadeja, praised the body for partnering with the EFCC on the message of anti-corruption, adding that they would continue to engage religious bodies as means of spreading the gospel of war against corruption among Nigerians.

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