Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, has called for stricter regulations on dispensary of drugs in order to stem irrational behaviours and criminal activities in the society.
This is contained in a press statement issued by Olalekan Murisiku, Media Assistant To the commissioner, a copy of which was made available to The Renaissance on Saturday in Lagos.
AbdulLateef was quoted as making the call in his Jumat Sermon, with the theme: “Rights and Duties”, delivered at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque, Alausa on Friday.
He was speaking against the backdrop of the violent robbery incident, during which 30 people, including nine policemen, were killed on Thursday in Offa, Kwara State, nothing that such bloody incident could not have been carried without being under the influence of hard drugs.
Describing the recent robbery attack as a disaster the commissioner said no human being in their right mindset will embark on such deadly mission.
AbdulLateef, who doubles as the Chief Imam of the mosque, explained that for every right there was a corresponding duty.
He stressed that what people consume these days cause many avoidable irrational behaviours, mostly among the youths.
“Drugs, smoking turn some people into animals. People now have access to illicit drugs which lead to mental illnesses.
“The increasing rate at which people consume tramadol drug calls for attention and people should be mindful of what they drink; many items destroy sensibility.
“Many people, who can’t kill fowls, can kill human beings while under the influence of drugs,” the commissioner said.
The commissioner, therefore, implored Nigerians to acquire their wealth legitimately rather than resort to ritual killings to make riches on their way to stardom.
Away from the robbery incident, the Imam spoke on the benefit of paying tax by responsible citizens, expressing optimism that taxpayers in the state would enjoy double reward and greater dividends of democracy.
The Commissioner stated this in a Jumat Sermon delivered at Lagos State Secretariat Mosque, Alausa today.
He explained that for every right there is a corresponding duty, noting that people have duties to themselves, families, relatives, neighbours, constituted authorities, government and above all their Creator who is God Almighty.
The commissioner maintained that those who pay taxes would enjoy good facilities when such funds are judiciously utilized and also rewarded by their Creator for obeying constituted authority.
“Part of your duties to constituted authority is obedience to the laws of the land, promotion of orderliness and good governance with your actions which include payment of taxes.
“Whenever you pay tax and your money is part of the resources that government used to construct roads, hospitals, schools and other amenities, you are indirectly worshipping your Creator,” The Renaissance quotes the Imam as saying.
According to him, people are rewarded by Allah for paying tax because it is like giving out Sadaqah in Islam.
“Sadaqah is helping people in need which is highly rewarding by Allah.”
The commissioner, however, urged those in the position of authority to justify the confidence people repose in them stressing that everything that has a beginning would surely come to an end.
“Politicians should remember that what they have in their care is a trust.
“Give people their dues to be safe before your Lord; you are not in anyway better than other citizens, play your role as individual and leader in the society,” AbdulLateef said.
By Our Correspondent
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