Lagos State Governor Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has hailed religious leaders for their efforts and contributions towards enduring peace in the state.
She urged them to continue along that line and even do more to make the state a peaceful abode for everyone.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu thanked them for their support that ensured victory for her husband in the last elections, saying they should keep on with the support.
She gave the commendation on Thursday in her welcome address at the 2019 Eid-el-Fitri celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan on the open field of Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu said the lessons to learn from the Ramadan season include the virtues of sacrifice, self-denial, piety, love and generosity among others.
She said: “Through the Ramadan, we are taught to seek spiritual advancement and closeness to God, by stepping away from our comfort zone, where we indulge in various acts that please us as human beings but which are not acceptable to God.”
According to her, Ramadan teaches selflessness and love, requiring thinking less about one’s self and more about the welfare of less privileged people.
“We are expected to give, help, put smiles on the faces of people and to be a source of blessing to many; in all, it teaches us to emulate the sterling qualities of the Holy Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W).
“What is far more important, however, is to keep our new form by not returning to those old things and old ways”, adding that this is the greatest lesson of Ramadan and if they achieve this, then they have achieved the lesson of the season.
In his keynote remarks, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said his government “is for all”. “Join us to work. Let’s us have a continuous collaborative engagement.
“We shall continue to ask you to work with us so that we can deliver to Lagosians, help us in ensuring zero tolerance for potholes, indiscriminate disposal of refuse and driving,” the governor said.
Part of the activities at the celebration were prayers for the first family, deputy governor and his family, the state, Qur’an recitation/quiz competition and presentation of gifts.