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, who stated this during the 40-day final burial ceremony of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande held at the Police College Pavilion, Ikeja, said “Religion is the strongest pillar in Nigeria, people respect their religious leaders and 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 citizens to act in accordance with norms of the society and shun all anti-social vices, urging the clergymen to propagate the gospel of a better use of Lagos roads by enjoining motorists to avoid driving against traffic.
Hamzat also implored the religious leaders to preach peace, harmony and help integrate the nation, stressing that Nigeria must not disintegrate and men of honour must strive to hold the country together.
Similarly, the Governor of Sokoto State, 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 observed that the Late Lateef Kayode Jakande had a huge impact in Lagos and the Nation, having served the State with so much compassion and humility, just as he advised all Nigerians to learn from the late Governor in terms of vision and commitment to building a viable State.
Earlier in his sermon, the Missioner, Ansar-Ur-Deen, Sheikh Abd-Rahman Ahmed, urged leaders to be objective and shun corruption as it only deprives the nation of growth.
He further tasked governments at all levels to be more resilient and pragmatic in their approach to governance, reminding 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, Rev. Samuel Adegbite, described Baba Jakande as a pillar, a trailblazer, a developer and an encourager, pointing out that the Late Governor ruled for only four years and three months but he turned Lagos State around with his contemporaries doing the same in other Southwest States.
He, therefore, urged everyone to do their best and ensure that the nation remains united, saying “What are we leaving behind for future generations? Everyone must rise, listen to the clarion call so that Nigeria does not disintegrate”.