Lagos Deputy Governor Urges Citizens To Participate in Politics
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has charged all Nigerians to get involved in the political process in the country in order to have a great nation.
The Deputy Governor, who gave this task today at the commissioning of a Ultra-Modern Mosque by the NADWAT Global Assembly held at the Lagos Island, he noted that Nigerians should partake in governance and desists from being people that just complain about their leadership by involving in the election process.
According to Hamzat, “We cannot be the people that just complain about our country, what are we doing in our little rooms? What roles are we playing? It is not just right for us as a people to keep complaining. What are we bringing to enhance prosperity and good governance in our country”? He asked.
Speaking further, Dr. Hamzat added that Nigerians need to change their ways of thinking and the need to understand that everything is done by Almighty Allah. Adding that they should stop faulting God, “but rather live their lives, do their best and leave the rest to God”.
“Nigerians need to stop saying that politics is a dirty game. If clean people do not participate, it will continue to be dirty, and it will be left to those that have been doing it. So we need to be part of governance”.
He however, urged Muslim faithfuls to vote in leaders with antecedents of successful track record and knowledge of governance. Noting that Nigerians should vote for a president that listens to the citizens because a president cannot have all the knowledge needed. Also, a leader must possess the right skills to rule the country and not by giving bogus statistics.
Emphasizing the imperative of peaceful co-existence, Dr. Hamzat urged everyone to live peacefully with one another that one cannot practice religion when there is famine or war. citing the countries that are at war such as Somalia, Yemen among others which though, they are predominantly Islamic countries, yet as a result of war they could not meet Haji quotas allotted to them. Not to talk of Nigeria which is heterogeneous in formation.
In his sermon, the Guest Speaker, Sheikh Dr. Muyideen Ajani Bello urged everyone to strive to practice equality at home, amongst their children, workspaces and everywhere they find themselves.
He implored everyone to be their brother’s keepers as it is necessary to pray for one another and not oppress one’s neighbor, adding that everyone will give account of their deeds, “We should ensure equilibrium and fear Allah”.
He urged parents to ensure that the fear of Allah is instilled in their children as so many educated people have forgotten God because of the western knowledge they acquired alone. He tasked parents to train their children and never forget the importance of child’s care and upbringing, adding that children should be trained in both western and Islamic education to be responsible to themselves and to the nation at large.