Nigerian News Update:
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says that addressing the current security situation in the country is a collective responsibility of all Nigerians.
Sanwo-Olu made the remark at the 6th Biennial conference of NASRUL-LAHI-L-FAITH SOCIETY (NASFAT) held on Friday at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque Multipurpose Hall, Alausa, Ikeja.
The theme of the conference was ‘Security and Good Governance: Imperative for Faith based Organisations’’.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, noted that though security was the concern of government, it required the support of citizenry to provide the partnership upon which the security apparatus was built.
Sanwo-Olu added that the continuous weaponisation of religion, ethnicity and other areas of differences must stop to build a united and peaceful nation.
“Religious leaders must engage with their followers as they listen to them more. They should endeavor to lead their followers in the right path.
“As leaders of faith based organisations, it is essential to always feed the hearts of the Ummah with words from Holy Quran which will always prompt them to act and live in obedience to Almighty Allah,” he said.
The governor noted that though the state and federal governments had committed a lot of funds to security, the re-examination of the people’s values would ensure a secured nation.
According to him, apart from the nation being under policed, corruption is undermining the nation’s ability to remain secured.
He urged Nigerians to join in efforts to fix the nation so as to make the country conducive for the younger generation.
He said that for peace and unity to be attained among populace, Nigerians must see themselves as human beings before any other primordial consideration.
Earlier in his welcome address, Mr Olaniyi Yussuf, NASFAT President, said the theme of the conference was hinged on finding solutions to the challenges of insecurity and poor governance.
According to him, faith based organisations have a significant opportunity and role to play in securing the nation.
“They also have a duty to guide leaders and citizenry on the need to be faithful and upright in their dealings as leaders in authority,” he said.