The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Hon Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has urged religious leaders in the country to be committed towards improving the security situation of the country, noting that government alone cannot solve the problem without the support of every citizen, particularly religious bodies.
Hon Adefulire who was speaking at the opening of the 5th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) noted that the problem of security should be a source of concern to everyone, adding that government on its part will deploy all available resources to ensure that innocent Nigerians live and do their business without fear.
She enjoined religious leaders to educate their followers on the need to be alive to their environment and report any suspicious movement of persons around their neighbourhood or call the attention of security agencies to any object or vehicle lying unattended to.
“Security is our collective responsibility. As government does its own part and we do our own part, we will be able to live in peace and harmony, while achieving our individual and collective goals”, she added.
The Deputy Governor also noted that the Fashola administration in Lagos state is not taking the mandate of the people for granted and will continually deliver services that will improve the lives of every citizen, regardless of where they come from.
She enjoined the Christian community to continue to be tolerant of other faiths and live in harmony with them, noting that the socio-economic development that the nation craves will only happen in an atmosphere of peace.
Earlier in his remark, the officiating Minister and Archbishop of Lagos West Diocese of Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev Peter Awelewa Adebiyi commended the Lagos State Government for initiating people oriented programmes, which he noted had impacted on the lives of the people.
Bishop Adebiyi said with the increasing population of Lagos, any government would be challenged in meeting the demands of the people, but noted that the Babatunde Fashola administration has demonstrated uncommon commitment to the well-being of the people, adding that the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion will continue to pray for more success for the administration.
Said he: “With an average of 500people coming into Lagos on daily basis and willing to live in the city, any government will succumb to the pressure of such population but this government has lived up to the challenge and we are appreciative of the Fashola administration and we in the Church of God will continue to pray for them, support them and wish them well”.
The Synod which runs for four days is being attend by Bishops from different Dioceses in the state and neighbouring states, appointed delegates as well members of the Anglican family.