The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt.-Hon Mudashiru Obasa, has urged Nigerians to see peace as one of the major ingredients for democracy to thrive.
Obasa made the call in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Nigerians, including residents of Lagos and politicians in the state, as the state prepares for the local government elections.
“We complain about a dwindling economy today, but the truth is that restiveness, banditry, terrorism, kidnappings and general insecurity are some of the major causes.
“It is not difficult to know that no nation can thrive or succeed when it is violence-ridden.
“Just as citizens must begin to live in peace and neighbourliness, we, as leaders, must also not nap; we must not sleep on ideas to make the country great.
“We must show perfect examples of love for country and sacrifice to humanity as Islam teaches.
“In Lagos, we have remained a good example of a working democracy thanks to our hardworking leaders and faithful residents,” Obasa said in a statement by Eromosele Ebhomele, his Chief Press Secretary.
Ahead of the local government council elections, Obasa said it is very important that all parties shun violence.
“We must allow people of the state to decide and choose leaders that will serve their interests for the next four years. So, we must all come together to condemn anything that has to do with violence,” he said.