Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday, urged Nigerians to show commitment to their civic responsibilities to drive the desired change in the country.
He made the call at the Annual Conference of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.
The governor was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, at the conference with the theme “The Change That Matters“.
He advised people to be alive to their civic responsibilities.
According to him, civic responsibilities, such as payment of tax, adherence to laws of the land, upholding the rule of law and avoidance of acts that are inimical to the peace of the country, are virtues to drive the change mantra.
“The task of effecting positive change is not for government alone, we must all be prepared to be real ambassadors of change.
“No society can achieve the desired change except the people who made up the society are prepared to change their ways.
“As a government, we will show leadership by example and do everything within our capacity to promote the well-being of the people, “ he said.
Ambode urged youths, as major stakeholders in the future of the nation, to champion the on-going re-orientation process.
According to him, the re-orientation process is the key to the realisation of the society that we all desire.
In an address, Alhaji Kaamil Kalejaiye, the Amir (President) of the society, called for the new change in government to propel good governance and development.
He said that it is impossible for any country with good governance not to experience the change that matters.
“With good governance, we mean adherence to the rule of law, transparency, responsiveness, consensus, equity, inclusiveness, efficiency and accountability.
“For us to achieve that change that matters, our elected officials must demonstrate these qualities,’’ he said.
Kalejaiye further remarked that good leadership encourages good followers.
He, therefore, asked the Muslim faithful to prayers for current leadership in the country to be able to effect the positive change in the life of average Nigerians.