Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat has charged Nigerians to live in peace with one another for national economic growth and development.
Hamzat gave the charge on Tuesday in Lagos, at the Eid-el-Kabir prayer held at Dondan Barracks Praying Ground, Obalende Lagos.
The Deputy Governor explained that when there is peace in the land, it brings about stability and the economy would be vibrant adding that lack of peace brings about underdevelopment and poverty.
” For us as a country, we need to grow our economy. For this, there must be peace in the nation. Insurgency leads to poverty, unemployment, and unrest.
“The essence of Eid-el-Kabir is all about being selfless and caring towards one another.
Therefore, we should be fair and caring to each other and show love to ourselves. I appeal to all Muslim brothers and sisters to abide by the tenets of Islam for love to reign.
In his sermon, the Chief Imam, Sulieman Abou-Nolla, called for peaceful coexistence, sacrifice for one another, and love noting Islam as a religion that does not encourage hatred and killing.
He, therefore, urged arms of government, civil servants, and every stakeholder in governance charged with the responsibilities of delivering dividends of democracy to discharge their duties without favor and discrimination.
The Chief Imam also appealed to the government to see religious leaders as partners in reaching out to the vulnerable and grassroots members of the society.
“It is my wish and desire that we continue to observe the value of humility and self-reformation in an effort to turn good values into permanent features of our lives.
“Let us be reminded that the condition of people lies in their personal effort of reforming their individual character and attitudes.