Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has called on religious leaders in the country to engage Nigerians on the importance of building strong family ties and proper child upbringing for a better nation.
Speaking at a Special Jumaat Prayer organised by the State Government to commemorate the 61st National Independence at the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque, Alausa, the Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, said it is time for clerics in the country to change their sermons by dwelling on how to protect the environment, imbibe the right attitude and be law-abiding, among others.
“It is time to change our sermons to how do we protect our environment and other positive attitudes as people listen more to their religious leaders than the governments, especially in Nigeria, as they are taken as role models”, he said.
He urged the clerics to use their pulpit to sensitise the citizens on family values and the need to always be their brother’s keeper, pointing out that family values have been lost and must be rejigged and strengthened for national development.
While citing poor parenting as being responsible for some of the challenges and social vices which have become a threat to the nation, Sanwo-Olu charged parents to take proper responsibility for the upbringing and training of their children.
Earlier in his sermon, Dr. Saaid Ahmad admonished Nigerian leaders to rearrange the system for better living and charged youths to love one another and the country.
He further advised citizens to work together for the progress of the country and stop playing the blame game.