Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has advocated peaceful co-existence, cleanliness and rule of law as the most viable means of building a prosperous nation.
He was speaking as the country prepared to join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir next week.
In his goodwill message to the people of Lagos, Fashola maintained development and progress could be guaranteed adding that the most important string that binds the people together was the common humanity.
The Governor, who argued that the two “great” world religions, Christianity and Islam, both preached peace and harmony as the only condition for closeness to their deities more than anything else.
“Peaceful and harmonious co-existence cannot be more relevant at any other time in our history than today when we need all hands on deck to build an enduring democracy; an egalitarian society where every citizen will have the opportunity to attain his or her potentials in life,” he said.
Describing law and order as the building blocks of socio-economic and political stability of any nation, Fashola said the rule of law greatly challenged Nigeria.
The Governor meanwhile congratulated the people of Lagos for their cooperation and adherence to the hygienic and sanitary conditions set out for observation during the period of the Ebola Virus Disease containment.
He, however, enjoined the people to continue to embrace hygienic practices such as regular washing of hands and the maintenance of sanitation around their habitations and business places saying it was the only way to ensure healthy living and the absence of an epidemic.
He enjoined them not to rest on their oars but gear up for the attainment of greater heights.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty Allah to restore to us those values that place high premium on the maintenance of law and order.”
– CAJ News