ELECTION 2023: PRODUCING WORTHY LEADERS: GUIDELINES
12 Jumada I1 1444 AH, 5th January, 2023
Candidates’ track-record and political parties manifesto must set out clear understanding of important issues, and define the roadmap to bring about measurable improvements and needed changes. There is no shortcut to overcoming the predicament that has been piling on us; there is also no shortcut to achieving easy gains in this highly competitive and merit-based world. At this election, we must commit to work hard to elect exemplary social leaders who, through their love for people and social competence, would be able to bring a sea-change in our communities and the wider society. Only leaders who are physically and emotionally attached to people around them, would be able to build on the strengths we have and work selflessly to turn our current challenges into opportunities.
As Muslims, we must think deep in identifying who our allies are and work credibly with others to build a great nation together. Our search together must be for leaders that have excelled in knowledge, skills and character. Our introspection, our duties and our dealings with others should be built on the deepest love that emanates from Allah. Muslim thought and opinion leaders, scholars, Imams and community leaders must increase the quality and frequency of awareness campaigns on the duty of voting responsibly, and teach the concept of the exercise as a TRUST that must not be squandered; a trust to bring about lasting positive changes, God willing, for our own benefits and that of the coming generations.
MPAC looks forward to a peaceful election where Muslims will turn out in numbers and influence the outcome of Election 2023 in a positive and constructive manner and in an effort to bring about what is best for their community, local constituency and our country.
In the 2023 elections, the Nigerian people and our politicians especially have a heavy responsibility to be God-fearing and not to go down the well-trodden but self-destructive road of sectarian or political violence. We wish them all well in their pursuits and political careers.
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