Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, has urged Nigerians to promote one nation and shun discrimination arising from religious sentiments to avoid disharmony.
AbdulLateef gave the admonition while declaring open a procession organised by the Secretariat Community Central Mosque to commemorate World Hijab Day in Alausa, Ikeja.
The commissioner, who noted that the Nigerian Constitution allows for freedom of religion and association, stressed that discrimination against any religion was capable of creating enmity and retarding national growth.
“Those who are discriminating on the account of religion are violating constitutional provisions that protects the right to freedom of religion,” he said.
AbdulLateef stressed the need for Nigerians to be law abiding and respect fellow citizens in their daily activities.
He reaffirmed the commitment of Gov. Akinwumi Ambode-led administration to ensuring level playing ground and deliverance of dividend of democracy to Lagos residents, irrespective of their religious background.
Th commissioner, however, implored Muslim groups organising processions to create awareness about the World Hijab Day in Lagos, to go about it peacefully.
“I urge you to go about your activities peacefully as you create awareness on the importance of wearing Hijab.
“It is more decent to obey Allah than obeying ones desire,” he said.