Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has called on Nigerians to shun violence and continue to live in peace and harmony in order to build a better Nigeria.
The Governor made this call today at a special Jumaat Service organised to commemorate the 59th Independence Day Celebrations at the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat stressed that the Nation cannot develop if there is violence, killing and fighting amongst its citizens, urging everyone with a violent disposition to have a rethink, as it is ungodly to kill anybody in Islam.
According to him, “It is clear in Islam that if you kill a soul, you have killed a Nation. Whatever the grievances are, let us all sit down and resolve it to have a nation where we will live in peace and harmony, where we will be able to fulfil Allah’s destiny”.
He disclosed that his dream is for all Nigerians to live in peace and utilise their God-given talents for a better Nation which cannot be achieved when there is frequent unrest and violence.
“Nigeria is a good country and it will be better if all citizens are upright, do what is right always and care for one another. If we care for our neighbours, our Nation will be great; whatever action we take, we must understand that it affects others, as such whatever the occupation you practice, know that your action will affect others” he explained.
The Governor also enjoined parents to fulfill all their parental obligations, thereby ensuring that the children are responsible to themselves, their neighbours and the country at large.
Earlier in his message, the resident Imam of the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque, Alausa, Sheikh AbdulHakeem AbdulGafar called for sober reflection during the celebrations and implored all citizens to be contented.
AbdulGafar charged all Nigerians to pray for the good of the country, spiritual guidance for its leaders and the resilience to survive the trying and challenging times facing the country, stressing the need for peaceful coexistence among citizens.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbule-Yusuf called on Nigerians to be patriotic in their actions and love one another irrespective of tribe, religion or group.