Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has charged Nigerians to enlighten, educate and encourage members of their families and friends to shun electoral violence, and negative tendencies and pursue peace at all times.
Sanwo-Olu gave the charge at the launch of the N10bn Endowment Fund by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN).
The event was held at Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday.
The governor, represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said that meaningful development could only take place in a peaceful environment.
Sanwo-Olu assured that his administration would continue to provide and sustain a conducive environment for religious tolerance and harmony; which Lagos and indeed the South West region was well known for.
He, therefore, commended the efforts of religious leaders who had contributed to the peaceful existence within the state; especially in ensuring that Lagos residents continued to live in peace despite religious differences.
The governor also appreciated the cooperation of the different religious organisations; stating that his administration had always enjoyed their timely intervention in proffering apt solutions to issues.
He urged the Ummah to continue to pray for the government to succeed in the task of providing leadership under challenging circumstances.
Speaking on the MUSWEN endowment fund launch; the governor noted that the purpose of the launch was to build an International Resource Centre.
“It will be a unifying centre that will encourage a healthy sharing of ideas and development of mutual respect for the community at large.
“The project will create access to resources such as finance and education; which is very relevant in view of the intolerance that has been observed within the country in recent times,” he said.
The governor also acknowledged the leadership of the MUSWEN for the foresight, generosity of spirit; as well as for allowing the teachings of peace and brotherliness to dictate their thoughts and actions.
Also speaking was the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III. He admonished Muslims to continue advocating the need for a united Islam; urging them not to allow any intrusion, particularly during the election period.
Speaking on Oneness and Unity, the Sultan said; “Muslims have no business with poverty if we are helpful to one another.
“There is no need for Muslims to be poor if we follow the standard of Islam; help one another, pay Zakat and other instructions of Allah,” he said.