Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has called on all residents and all national leaders to pray for continuous divine guidance in the quest to build a stronger, virile and more progressive nation as Nigeria marks 58th independence anniversary.
Ambode made the call in a message to Lagosians during the Special Jumat Service for the 58th Independent anniversary, delivered on his behalf by the Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, the state Commissioner of Home Affairs.
The governor said he and some other leaders “are committed to the development and growth of the nation,” where all Nigerians would thrive in and be proud.
He said all Nigerians, especially Lagosians, must continue to have faith in the destiny of the nation, and of the state, and thus must not relent in their prayers for the country and our leaders.
The governor said Nigerians must cooperate with the government and work selflessly in line with “our Nation Anthem and Pledge”.
In his sermon titled “The Desire of Allah for Nigeria”, the officiating Imam, Alhaji Moutoib Adams, said: “Although we as a nation have made some progress since Independence in 1960, we ought to have made much more progress and achieve better stability”.
Adams said that God loves Nigeria; He has been kind to us and has blessed us abundantly, especially in term of human and mineral resources.
“However, he admonished, many of the “sad tales we are telling are by our owing doings”.
Quoting relevant verses of the Holy Quran, the Imam said Allah “will not change the way of the people, except they change (their affairs) by their own hands”.
He advised that in building a nation where there would be justice and fairness, a nation that is united in peace, living freely and growing together as one in “Brotherhood of Humanity” each and all Nigerians have a role to play.
He implored Nigerians not to cheat others, but more loving, more tolerant, supportive and readily assist one another.
By our Correspondent