THE National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) has urged Nigerians to keep hope alive as the country moves into its 60th year of independence.
The council made the appeal in a statement in Abuja signed by its national president and national secretary general, Malam Suleiman Maigoro and Alhaji Mas’ud Akintola.
“Our myriads of problems like insecurity, economic instability and corruption are surmountable and would be overcome if we are really determined and we cooperate with our leaders,” NACOMYO said.
It implored the citizenry not to curse the leaders “as they are not the cause of the nation’s woes but we all need to embark on sincere repentance and change from our iniquitous ways of life.”
The apex Muslim body implored public officeholders not to renege on their electoral promises as doing so was tantamount to betrayal of trust.
It called on all and sundry to be prayerful and God-fearing “in our attempts” to lift the country to greater heights.
Meanwhile, members of NACOMYO in the southern zone will today converge on Benin City, Edo State, for the commencement of the organisation’s annual da’wah retreat.
The zonal chairman and secretary, Abdul Mojeed Momoh and Abdulazeez Babalola, in a statement, said the three-day event was designed to build capacity of delegates.
According to the statement, the opening ceremony where Dr Abdul Lateef Adeyemo of the University of Benin will present a paper on the theme ‘The Nigerian State and the Quest for Socio-economic Growth and Stability’, holds tomorrow at the Nigerian Air Force Base mosque located at Airport Road, Benin City.
It added that an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting of the organisation would take place during the retreat.