- Muslims in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the world in commencement of the Ramadan at the weekend
- While breaking fast with some of the Muslim leaders in Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said God needed to be praised for his success so far
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state seized the occasion of his second year anniversary in office and Democracy Day celebration to break fast with Muslims at Ramadan.
The governor, a Christian, thanked the Muslim community in his state for standing by and supporting his administration.
As he joined some Islamic leaders and groups to observe the Iftar at the Lagos House in Ikeja in the evening of Monday, May 29, the governor commended religious leaders and groups for the harmonious relationship in the state.
NAIJ.com reports that he said that the peaceful atmosphere had brought about significant development.
“Today is a very historic day for us in this state because just two days ago, we celebrated 50 years anniversary of Lagos; yesterday, we were doing thanksgiving in the church and today is the third day of Ramadan and we are doing the Iftar here.
“Today is also the second-year anniversary of our administration.
“I am very happy to join you on this significant democracy day. In actual fact, this is my only official function today.
“I deliberately determined not to do any other thing to mark the second anniversary than to join my Muslim brothers and sisters.
“So, this is another way of doing thanksgiving by this way of sacrifice.
“It is not coming as a coincidence; if God did not ordain it, I would not be part of this particular Iftar.
“This is my own way of saying a big thank you to the Muslim community in Lagos for standing by me, for standing with me and for always supporting me.
“I recall when we went for the campaign at the National Stadium two years ago and I am happy seeing all my spiritual fathers here again two years after, I want to thank you again for everything,” the Governor said.
He pleaded with the Muslims to utilise the opportunity provided by the ongoing Ramadan to continue to pray for the development of the state just as he urged them to continue to exhibit the good character of Prophet Muhammed, as well as embrace selflessness.
In reaction to the lecture delivered at the event by Dr Tajudeen Yussuf of the University of Lagos, who praised the governor for his performance so far, Ambode said only God deserved the praises for giving him the grace to achieve what had been achieved so far.
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“There is nothing more for me to say than to be grateful to God. He is the only one that should get the credit.
“No matter how much you praise me, it is not possible for me to do what I have been able to do if not for God.
“So, for every step we take, we will continue to give God all the glory. He is the only one that makes things happen.
“This season is to urge Muslims to remain selfless. Ramadan has come to teach us how to ensure self-restraint. Lagos has benefitted immensely from the peaceful co-existence and harmonious relationship among people of different religions and this is what we stand for.
“Our message to all Muslims is that they should use the opportunity of this Ramadan to continue to pray for the development of the state and to continue to exhibit the good character of Prophet Muhammed,” he said.
Earlier in his lecture, Dr Yussuf said just in two years, Governor Ambode had performed excellently and taken the state to the next pedestal of development.
The clergyman mentioned some of the projects to include the Abule Egba and Ajah bridges, Ojodu-Berger regeneration, Lake Rice, Light Up Lagos project, among others.
NAIJ.com recently reported that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday, May 17 commissioned the Ajah and Abule-Egba flyovers, saying his administration means business.
The governor added that both bridges were creative solutions by his administration to address the perennial traffic associated with the areas as well as boost economic activities in both axes.
Ambode, who spoke separately, said that while the driving motive behind Ajah bridge was to improve connectivity in the axis and facilitate economic growth, the Abule-Egba bridge was about opening up other areas of the State and improving the lives of residents in the area.
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