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  • Updated: April 14, 2024

Refrain from cursing Nigeria - Sanwo-Olu tells citizens

Refrain from cursing Nigeria - Sanwo-Olu tells citizens

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has encouraged Nigerians to refrain from criticizing the nation but instead to pray for its improvement.

Speaking at the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr celebration held at the Lagos House in Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu emphasized the importance of positivity with the theme, “Allah will not Change the Way of the People until they Change What is in their Hearts”.

 Represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, the governor urged citizens to shift their mindset towards optimism, highlighting that positive change begins with individual attitudes. 

Sanwo-Olu stressed that divine intervention is contingent on the collective positivity of the people, urging them to desist from negative speech and curses. 

He further urged Nigerians to support their current leaders and to offer prayers for the nation's prosperity.

“Almighty God will not change anything for any society until they change what is in their minds.

“Our collective intent should be to keep praying for Nigeria and the leadership to do the right thing.

“That is when Allah will intervene in the present situation of our country.

“It is, therefore, important for us to desist from talking ill about the country,” he said.

The governor also charged the people to be empathetic toward one another, adding that they should be their brothers’ keepers.

He appealed to parents to guide their children and their wards right.

Sanwo-Olu harped on children being respectful while reiterating that it was the responsibility of parents to raise their children in the way of God.

In her address of welcome, the wife of Lagos state governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, urged Nigerians to emerge from Ramadan not only as individuals who had undergone personal growth but as agents of change within their communities.

She advised them to commit to fostering a society built on the principles of justice, equity and compassion.

“Let us remember that true change begins within the depths of our hearts.

“The joint Ramadan and Lent experienced this year should remind everyone of the universal value of humanity that unites all regardless of religious belief, background, or ethnicity,” she said.

She advised Nigerians to reject bigotry and prejudice in all its forms and work toward building a more inclusive society where everyone would be valued and respected.

Justice Abdulrraheem Ahmad of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Kwara state, said that the current situation in Nigeria was not vested upon the people by Allah but was a creation of the people’s handiwork.

He advised Nigerians to have a change of mindset and speak positively about the country.

Ahmad also urged the people to be righteous, as well as fair and kind to one another irrespective of religion, race or tribe. 

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