Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared that the security situation in Nigeria deserves the attention of all citizens.
Speaking at the 6th biennial conference of NASFAT with the theme: “Security and Good Governance: Imperative for Faith-based Organisations”, the Governor noted that though security is the concern of government, it requires the support of citizenry to provide the partnership upon which the security apparatus is built.
Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, at the event which took place at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque Multipurpose Hall, Alausa, Ikeja, averred that the consistent weaponisation of religion, ethnicity and other areas of difference must stop if a virile nation is to be built.
While stating that religious leaders must engage their followers and change the content of sermons, he declared that as leaders of faith-based organisations, it is essential to always feed the hearts of the Ummah with words from the Holy Quran in order to prompt them to act and live in obedience to the will of the Almighty Allah.
The Governor also noted that the States and the Federal Governments have committed a lot of funds to security towards ensuring a secured nation, adding that pervasive corruption is also undermining the country’s ability to remain secure.
He, therefore, urged all Nigerians to engage in fixing the nation so as to make it conducive for the younger ones, saying that “if peace is to reign and unity is to be attained among the populace, we must see ourselves as human beings before any other primordial considerations”.
Sanwo-Olu also enjoined religious leaders to consistently speak the truth to power when the need arises, in a bid to hold political leaders accountable and ensure they lead us in a just manner.