Lagos governor urges peaceful coexistence among Nigerians

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Governor Akinwumi Ambode

As Muslims celebrate eid-el fitri, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the cause of a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria where citizens, regardless of ethnic, religious, political or social status could flourish.

The Governor in his sallah message said “it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can put the country back on the path of growth and development.”

Governor Ambode urged citizens to embrace the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which characterized the muslim’s holy month of ramadan.

According to the Governor, the nation needs brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens, above all other things , as a means to overcome its numerous challenges.

While cautioning against acts that would divide rather than unite the country, Governor Ambode called on Nigerians to return to deepening the virtues of patriotism and nationalism.

“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty to bless us and give us the strength to surmount our challenges,” he stressed.

The Nigerian government has already declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays for the celebration of this year’s eid-el-fitri.