Nigeria – A call has gone to Muslim faithful in the country to use the period of Ramadan to seek the face of God for divine help in Nigeria while they remain each other’s keeper.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the call on Wednesday at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Information Chapel, 17th Annual Ramadan Lecture with the theme “Security and Safety: Concern for All”, held at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Governor, who was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Islamic Matters, Alhaji Abdullahi Jebe, stated that the Ramadan season affords Muslim faithful the opportunity to seek the face of God for complete restoration in Nigeria as well as Lagos State, noting that the Coronavirus pandemic affected almost all aspects of our national life.
While enjoining members of the pen profession to be objective in their reportage and eschew all forms of fake news that can cause rift and disunity in the country, Sanwo-Olu advised all Muslims in the State to be considerate of the needy around them by sharing out of the abundance given them by the Almighty Allah during and after the period of Ramadan.
The NUJ Chairman, Lagos State Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, remarked that the Ramadan period is a time for sober reflection on good morals and the need to draw closer to the Almighty Allah.
Ajayi noted that the topic of the lecture “Security and Safety: Concern for All” is apt in view of the growing fears of kidnapping, armed banditry and other vices, calling on Governments at all levels to step up the fight against perpetrators of such acts by meting out appropriate punishments against them.
“Fasting for 30 days is not an easy task. We should learn to be upright during the fasting period as well as ensure that we do not go back to our sins. What I admire most with the Islamic religion is the daily Tafsir (sermon) organised by spiritually-endowed clerics, which usually focuses on morals and good behaviour”, he said.
Earlier in his welcome address the Chairman, NUJ Lagos Information Chapel, Comrade Debo Adeniji, noted that security and safety is a collective responsibility as insecurity has drastically affected our economy and governance.
He reiterated the need to make peace and security one of our major prayer points during this Ramadan season, stressing that without an atmosphere of peace security, no one can live up to his or her full potentials.
“Looking at the challenges of security and safety confronting us in Nigeria, we would all realise that security and safety are our collective responsibility. Manifested as terrorism, assault, stereotype or bigotry, these awful conditions are as a result of social imbalance and oppression which we are all suffering from today”, he said.
Speaking on the topic “Security: A Necessity For Thriving Economy”, Alhaji Bashir A. Braimah, a former Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Public Service Office, observed that security is essential as it affects almost all facets of our life including food, health, housing, clothing and family.
The high point of the event was the presentation of prizes to winners of the quiz and quranic competitions with Master Hashim Jafar of Education District I, emerging first in the Quranic competition while Ayoola Hamzah from Education District V came first in the quiz competition.