The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday evening declared that the state has enjoyed an appreciable level of religious tolerance and harmony since he assumed office.
The situation, Ambode said, was due to what he considered the atmosphere of peaceful co-existence prevailing among Lagos residents of different faiths and ethnic leanings.
The governor, who spoke at an event, the Inter-Faith Parley of Religious Leaders and Organisations, held at the banquet hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja, said such atmosphere of peace has also engendered “the massive infrastructural and all-round development that has taken place across the state since May 29, 2015.”
Commending the religious leaders in attendance at the parley, predominantly from the Christian and Muslim faiths, Gov Ambode said their prayers and support for his administration had been pivotal to the steady progress that has become synonymous with Lagos, adding that the event was the state government’s way of bringing them together to appreciate their commitment and contributions to the success story of Lagos.
“This gathering is not in futility. It’s to show the essence of that convergence of the spirituality that exists in a cosmopolitan state like Lagos that really makes it work. So, if someone was to ask me what is the secret of my success, it’s not the brain, it’s already endowed, it’s the combination of that spiritual teamwork,” he said.
Gov Ambode commended the religious leaders for their support and identification with state policies and programmes, especially using in the churches and mosques to mobilise and sensitise residents in Lagos State to become law-abiding and discharge their civic responsibilities to the state and other citizens.
The governor recalled the inaugural parley held last year, saying that most of the issues raised by the leaders had been implemented and that the growing economy of the state had contributed to the peace being enjoyed in the state.