By Umar Ajetunmobi and Raheem Hameed ,Ibadan

An Islamic finance expert and lecturer at the University of Lagos, Dr. Tajudeen Yusuf,  has challenged Muslim professionals not to run away from vying for political positions, as that is one of the major feasible ways of becoming problem solvers in Nigeria.

Dr Tajudeen, an Islamic economist, expressed this at the October edition of Professional Muslim Forum (PMF) held in Ibadan, Oyo State. 

Speaking on the topic ” Nigeria, a Toddler at 57: Muslim Professionals to Rescue,” Dr Tajudeen urged Muslims to be up and doing, prepare themselves for self-development and serve as good ambassadors of Islaam in any position or appointment they hold. 

He emphasized that it’s high time Muslims stopped attributing blames on others ; instead, they should continue to mentor young Muslims if Muslim professionals truly desire a well developed Muslim Ummah. 

He said : “Start making yourselves as solutions to problems. Stop complaining if you want to progress in life ; change to problem solvers instead of problem discussants. Produce a blueprint and actualisation strategy. You must be relevant ; you don’t have any course to complain, with what Allaah has done for you. You shouldn’t be afraid to fail (if you have a good intention). “

Dr Tajudeen therefore called on all Muslim professionals to be dynamic in their da’wah by discussing contemporary issues that revolve round the challenges of Muslims, without being sectional or associational.

According to him, the Muslim professionals should never joke with data, but they should be able to “turn immediate problems to researchable topics.” 


Also, an Agricultural Economics connoisseur, Dr. Miftaudeen Abdur Rauf from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology charged Muslim professionals to be trustworthy and be expert in their chosen profession in order to improve the present situation of Nigeria.

Dr. Miftaudeen, an Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture and Extension (LAUTECH) rendered this advice while addressing Muslim professionals in a programme organized by Guild of Muslim Proffesionals, Oyo.

In his speech titled ‘Nigeria at 57; The Good, The Bad and the Ugly sides’, Dr. Miftaudeen affirmed that Nigeria was blessed with numerous economic resources, fertile land and good atmosphere but lack of good management has turned the goodness of Nigeria to bad ones. 

“When things are bad in a country, Allah will ask the Muslims first” Miftaudeen said.

He further explained that Muslims are vicegerents of Allah on earth and as a result, they must discharge the duties of the position they are holding expertly and with trust. 

The Agricultural economics connoisseur cited Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB Registrar as a good representative of Islam at National level for remitting five billion naira and still hope to remit another three billion naira to Federal Government’s coffers this year which is the highest proceeds in the forty years of JAMB existence.

The connoisseur further urged Muslims professionals to think ahead positively for the development of Nigeria and make sure that they diversify into all professional fields in the country. Miftaudeen also used the medium to advise parents on seat to make sure that their children engage in a particular business skill while also in pursuit of quality education which they cannot joke with.

In her contribution, the chairperson of the Day, Dr. Kola Aderoju from Emmanuel Alayande College of Education affirmed that “the major problem we have is that the fear of Almighty Allah has left many in Nigeria”. She enjoined Muslims to make sure that they flee back to Almighty Allah first, obey His injunctions and be a role model for others in Nigeria.

Highpoints of the well attended event organised by the Guild of Muslim Professionals, Oyo State Chapter, included job and career opportunities as well as questions and answers session.

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