Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has called on Religious Leaders to support the Government in propagating peace and moral living among Nigerians in the quest to build a better and thriving society.
The Deputy Governor stated this during the 40 days final burial ceremony of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande held at the Police College Pavilion, Ikeja today.
The Deputy Governor stated that “religion is the strongest pillar in Nigeria, people respect their religious leaders and the listen to them. So please don’t leave the preaching of moral values to the government alone”.
He further charged the religious leaders to help the citizen act in accordance to the norm of the society and shun all anti-social vices, saying “Who are you to the people? What do we say on Fridays and Sundays?”
Hamzat urged the clergymen to propagate the gospel of a better use of Lagos roads by urging motorist to avoid driving against the traffic.
Accordingly, he urged the religious leaders to preach peace and help integrate the nation saying Nigeria must not disintegrate, men of honour must strive to hold the country together.
Similarly, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal appealed to the Lagos State Government to complete the blue rail in order to ease transportation for the masses saying it is a testament to the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande’s memory.
Tambuwal stated that the Late Lateef Kayode Jakande had huge impact in Lagos and the Nation, having served the state with so much compassion and humility”.
He advised all to learn from the late Governor in terms of vision and commitment to building a viable State that signposts.
Earlier in his sermon, the Missioner, Ansar-Ur-Deen, Sheikh Abd-Rahman Ahmed urged leaders to be objective and to shun corruption as it only deprives the nation development of growth.
He further tasked the government to be more resilient and more pragmatic in their approach to governance. He reminded them that everyone will one day die and we all should be prepared for that great day.
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State, Right Reverend Samuel Adegbite described Baba Jakande as a pillar, a trait blazer, a developer and an encourager. He stated that the Late Governor ruled for only four years and three months but he turned Lagos State around with his contemporaries doing same in the Southwest.
He urged everyone to do their best and ensure that the nation remains united saying “what are we leaving behind for the future generations, everyone must rise, listen to the clarion’s call and Nigeria must not disintegrate”.