The Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates’ Association has disbursed N4.3 million scholarship grant to 73 students of the University.
The grant was issued to the students during the association’s 2016 National Annual Reunion Public Lecture on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The association’s National President, Prof. AbdulWahab Egbewole, said the scholarship was issued to indigent students to help ease their difficulties and for them to concentrate on their studies.
Egbewole said since the formation of the association 12 years ago, it had engendered unity among members and helped to correct many wrong perceptions of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.
He noted that Nigeria was passing through various challenges such as economic downturn, political quagmire, social imbalance, kidnapping, money laundering among others.
According to him, it is the duty of every Nigerian to support the present administration to overcome the challenges facing the nation.
“As faithful Muslims that believe in Allah, we are convinced that Nigeria has a great future, but leaders must lead with the fear of God and followers must allow them to perform effectively well,” Egbewole said.
He advised the youths against all forms of vices that would tarnish the image of the country and truncate their future.
He also urged the youths to remain focused so as to contribute their quota to sustainable national development.
The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who chaired the event, advised the association to create a database of members and their professions to easily tap from their expertise.
Prof. Labo Popoola, who delivered a lecture entitled: “Sustainable National Development: a Challenge to the Muslim Ummah,” noted that corruption had stunted Nigeria’s growth.
Popoola challenged the elites to shed their anti-people toga and allow viable government policies to succeed in the overall interest of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association has awarded scholarship worth N21.9 million to 394 students of OAU since its formation 12 years ago.