In order to redress the current spate of insecurity in the country, Nigerians have been urged to pursue positive and sincere goals.
The Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, who led other clerics to the Ramadan Tafsir (lecture) hosted by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Marina, made the declaration
In his lecture at the event, Chief Missioner of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Ahmad, stressed that the scale of the crisis being faced by the country required sincere actions by leaders and citizens.
He said: “This is a time that we require nothing else other than divine intervention. But, Allah will not intervene unless we carry out a few actions. We must change our thought process, the way we act, interact and do things”.
“We often blame our leaders, but we get the kind of leaders we deserve. Our leaders reflect who we are. To save the country, it is a joint task.”
Ahmad admonished those clamouring for secession to have a rethink, noting that the consequences of violent change are enormous.
Also speaking, Sheikh Muyideen Bello, enjoined Nigerians to interact with one another on the basis of love and respect.
Bello urged Nigerians to take the opportunity of the holy month to wean themselves off bad attitudes that led the country into the mess.
In his remark, former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressed optimism that the nation would survive its problems. He flayed the spate of kidnapping, saying the criminals were using the crime to embarrass Islam, a religion, he said, abhors killing and abduction of people against their will.
The former governor extolled Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, for their leadership capacity to stabilise the state, saying: “It is Allah who chose the duo for the people.”
Sanwo-Olu thanked the clerics for their message of unity and for preaching peace. He urged them to continue to restrain members of their congregation from acts that may breach the peace in the State.
He said his Government, in the coming days, would be rolling out mini buses as alternative means of transportation to confront the nuisance of Okada riders in the State. He also spoke on the government’s plan to procure and supply security equipment to the police and other paramilitary bodies to strengthen security in the State.
The event was attended by former governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande, members of Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), State cabinet members, Oba of Lagos, Alayeluwa Rilwan Akiolu, and members of business community, led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, among others.