Nigerians have been asked not to relent in making sacrifice for the nation, as it remains the only way out of the present challenges.
This was the view of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode during a Ramadan Lecture at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
The Governor, who appreciated the Islamic community for the support so far enjoyed by the administration, said the present season of Ramadan which reflects sacrifice, humility and repentance should be used to better the lot of the nation.
“I want to appreciate all of you for the support that this administration has enjoyed from the period of our campaign till now; the essence of fasting is selflessness and sacrifice … as we have started this period, I pray that all the blessings that come with the season will not elude you, there is nothing more than to be grateful to Allah,” he said.
Rule of law
The Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule called on the citizens to remain law abiding and to continue to support the government in all its programmes.
According to Dr Adebule, on the part of government, law and order will be maintained, while the people must continue to respect the rule of law.
“We will continue to do our best in the provision of infrastructure and other amenities to make life comfortable for the people because that is why we are in government; the people should also remain vigilant and support security agencies through provision of information that will assist them in adequately securing the environment,” the Deputy Governor stressed.
Dr Adebule also enjoined Muslims to keep praying for the nation’s unity and to remain patriotic by preaching peace, as well as live in harmony with others.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem lent his voice to the need for selflessness and restraints on the part of all adherents of Islamic faith.
“Ramadan has come to teach us how to exercise restraints, Lagos has benefitted a lot from peaceful co-existence and harmonious relationship among people of different religions, so our message to all Muslims is to use the Ramadan to pray for the State’s development and to continue exhibiting the good character of Prophet Muhammad,” Dr Abdul-Hakeem highlighted.
The Guest Lecturer, Dr Tajudeen Yusuf, who premised his discourse on good governance, affirmed that Lagos had never had it so good in terms of service delivery within a short period.
Dr Yusuf, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lagos added that the Governor, though a Christian had been a father to all irrespective of religious leanings.