Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has enjoined Muslims to practise the lessons of Ramadan, which are compassion, and love for oneself and neighbours, to make Lagos a better place.
He spoke at the weekend at the 2023 Annual Ramadan Prayer (1444 A.H) with the theme: “Indeed, After Difficulty, Comes Ease (Q94:5)”, at the State House Mosque Complex, Ikeja.
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Sanwo-Olu said Muslim faithful must practise what they were taught during Ramadan and throughout the year.
The governor, represented by Deputy Governor Dr Kadri Hamzat, said compassion and love must be shown, while help must be rendered to those in need and “the less privileged so that we can raise everyone’s standard across the state.”
Sanwo-Olu urged the gathering to commit President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu into the hands of the Almighty Allah for a successful tenure and to surround him with good people, who had the interest of Nigerians and the country at heart, “as he steers the ship of the country effective May 29.”
The governor, berating the high rate of vices, said it was important to re-examine the country fundamentally, noting that family structure was breaking down, “therefore the need for religious leaders to act quickly before things get out of hand, as the government alone cannot do it.”
He advised Muslim clerics to, during their sermons, preach values, good virtues and manners, among others, saying they should tell their congregation the teachings of Allah and not necessarily what they wanted to hear.
Sanwo-Olu thanked Islamic clerics and leaders for their prayers and support during the just-concluded elections and also expressed gratitude to Lagosians for their show of love.