By Olayinka Latona
Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has enjoined Nigerians to be vigilant and report any unusual occurrence in their neighbour-hood to security agencies, saying it is only by such collective vigilance that the security of the country and the state could be ensured.
Speaking at the Second Session of the 32nd Synod of the Diocese of Lagos (Anglican Communion) at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Gov. Fashola stressed the need to prevent avoidable loss of lives, adding that the nation would be better for it if Nigerians de-emphasise divisive sentiments.
On the abducted Chibok school girls saga, the governor decried hostage-taking in whatever form, saying it was dehumanising and an act of cowardice.
Noting that what binds us together as a people are more than what divides us, Gov. Fashola said: “Let us emphasize those things that bind us together as a people and play down on such divisive sentiments that divide us”.
In his words: “This is a very difficult moment for me, an individual and for the country. Nobody can lie at ease when we remember that some of us are in danger, some of our children are missing, some mothers and guardians are mourning. I hope there will be sincerity in knowing the number of children we are looking for.
“These are tough times but from experience I know that tough times do not last but though people do. We should not point accusing fingers at one another but cling to those things that unite us. Other nations have encountered similar situations and they overcame. Similarly, Nigeria will overcome and we must resolve that we want to overcome,” he said.
The governor charged Lagos residents to go out and register so as to enable government develop an accurate data base of residents in the state, explaining that the data generated from the residency registration would enable government to make projection and provide adequate infrastructures, security and serve the people better
Delivering his presidential charge, Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo called on the Federal Government and security agencies to intensify intelligence gathering alongside other tools and weapons of combating the activities of the insurgents in the country.