The Ameer and Missionary-in-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih has proposed the reformation of social values, grounded in appropriate concepts of social justice and moral education as the starting point in the fight against corrupt acts.
According to him, the country had not demonstrated any practical commitment to stamping corruption completely or reducing this menace to its bearest minimum but only engaged in mere condemnation of the canker.
Maulvi Bin Salih made the proposal while addressing thousands of Ahmadi Muslims at the 88th Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at Pomadze, near Winneba on Saturday. The three-day convention was on the theme: Corruption, a threat to national development, peace and stability”.
The Ameer noted that corruption was perpetrated not only by public officials but also by persons who were in positions of trust, in private enterprise or non-profit organisations. He observed that corruption stems from the abuse of judicial power, administrative power of any kind, political authority as well as financial prowess
Maulvi Bin Salih advocated for the creation of a common platform by the leadership of the various religious bodies in the country to champion the fight against corruption. “Religious leaders must place themselves in strategic positions to repel every act of corruption with much force as that, that which inspires the corrupt act”, he added. They, he argued must take the first in the fight against the monstrous canker of corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of society for all to join in the struggle to eliminate the canker.
“We need to garner-up our determined efforts to weed out the corrupt elements in our society that are intent on achieving their selfish wishes through whatever means fair or foul means to the detriment of all others’’, the Ameer noted.
Alhaji Bin Salih, challenged his colleague men of God, to speak against bad governance regardless of the possible attacks they may receive from people he described as ‘’blood thirsty inward-looking politicians and Pharoah’s who have no moral standing’’. According to the Ameer, corruption can only be uprooted in an environment where there is justice, equality and accountability as corruption festers in an environment where there is no accountability.
In a fraternal message, Rev. Fr. Lazarus Alondi, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishop Council, congratulated the Ahmadiyya Community for the theme chosen for the conference describing it as timely. He said the Catholic Bishops rolled a project in conjunction with other faith-based organizations including the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to inculcate in children the dangerous effects of corruption on society for them to desist from it in future.
He urged religious leaders to preach peace, oneness, love, unity and tolerance for the country to continue to live as one people.
Pomadze (C/R), Jan. 05.