Shun violence, Lagos deputy gov counsels citizens

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has called on Nigerians to live in harmony with one another and shun violence in order to build a better nation that future generations will be proud of.

Hamzat made this call, according to a statement on Wednesday, after the Eid-el-Kabir prayer held at the Lagos Central Mosque, Lagos Island.

He said, “Nobody gains anything from violence. What God desires from us all is to live in peace and accord one another respect, irrespective of our religious beliefs. Nobody can fight on behalf of God, as only God can fight for Himself. The Quran is very clear about that; when you kill a soul; the Almighty Allah said it is regarded as if you destroyed the whole city.

“I want to urge Nigerians to avert negative occurrences, not only by reporting crimes but also strive to prevent calamity from occurring because the present situation of the country has gone beyond the popular cliché of ‘see something and say something,’ it is now ‘see something and prevent the something.’ We cannot just stand by and allow evil to happen.”

The Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Sulaiman Abou-Nolla, urged the government to adequately equip security agencies in order to tackle security challenges.

“Islam is a religion of peace and totally against violence. It is against the tenet of Islam to kill or kidnap, killing one person is like wiping out a generation, Islam makes us brothers and sisters.

“We also call on the government at all levels to make the country a haven for all and equip the security agencies with more tools to tackle the various security challenges facing the nation,” he said.

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