Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has stated that Lagos is getting nearer its SMART City objective and call on Muslims to continue in their acts of charity and mutual understanding in order to reinforce unity and mutual understanding among the diverse people of the state.
Ambode made the remarks in his keynote address delivered at the Eid-Ul-Fitri Get-Together held at the Evans Square, Mainland Local Government.
The governor was represented by Mr Tunji Bello, Secretary to the State Government.
He implored Muslim not to give up praying for Lagos State and for Nigeria, especially as the country “moves gradually towards 2019 general elections”.
Similar celebrations were held simultaneously in each of 20 local government areas of the state, where Muslims at the grassroots were feted, after completing 2018 Ramadan and for witnessing another Eid.
“Lagosians should keep on supporting the administration by discharging civic obligations.
“The state will soon achieve an ideal modern city that is livable and in which all citizens have the opportunity to achieve its dreams,” the governor said in his message.
He stated that the get-together was an initiative of the Administration aimed at promoting an all-inclusive governance and ensure that all “people feel the pulse of governance, irrespective of their locations within the boundaries.
“It is also a way of showing appreciation to God for His love which made it possible for Lagos to experience an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence and religious harmony”.
In her remarks, wife of the governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, represented by Mrs Funsho Raji expressed delight for being able to celebrate yet another Eid-Il-Fitri with the Muslims’
“Lagosians have many reasons to give thanks to God in appreciation of His divine favours on the state.
“People are witnessing an era of good collaboration between Muslims and Christians, which is part of the reasons, Lagos has been thriving in all fronts of socio-economic development.
“We are thankful that in our diversity, we are enjoying enduring and satisfactory level of peace, unity and harmony,” she remarked.
She enjoined Muslims to continue to promote peace, kindness and generosity to the needy, adding that Lagos had been recording improvements in all areas of human endeavour.
Specifically, she implores Lagosians to improve the condition of the girl-child, widows, orphans and the less privileged persons in our society.
Also speaking, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, Commissioner for Home Affairs, said that Lagosians, among other Nigerians, were “unique people” because they are prayerful, tolerant, hospitable, loving and caring.
Represented by Mrs Boladele Dapo-Thomas, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the commissioner said the noble acts have enabled the state to enjoy peaceful coexistence and religious harmony.
AbdulLateef advised Muslim to, beyond Ramadan, continue seeking knowledge and understanding of Islam and observe all spiritual requirements of a pious Muslim, to persevere in prayers for the development of Lagos and for sustainability of peace and unity in our dear State.
He reiterated that Gov. Ambode does not discriminate in any form and that he supports freedom of religion.
The commissioner then advised the Muslims to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards and you use it to support continuity of good governance in Lagos.
“Lagos is safe in Gov. Ambode’s hands and that Lagosians should continue to thrive from his good governance,” AbdulLateef said.