Some lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have advocated a more peaceful, more united, and stronger Nigeria.
In their Eid-el-Fitr messages to Nigerians, especially the Muslim faithful on Sunday, the lawmakers said prayer for the peace, unity and progress of the country should not end after Ramadan.
According to them, no country can develop in an atmosphere of acrimony, ill feeling, discord and general insecurity.
Mr Segun Olulade, representing Epe Constituency II in the Assembly, said no country could achieve greatness while in disarray.
“As Muslims all over the world mark the end of Ramadan with the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, I want to call on Nigerian Muslims to seize the opportunity to pray for continued unity in the country.
“I urge Muslims in the country to use the occasion of the celebration to ask God for continued peace, unity and progress,’’ he said.
Olulade, the Chairman, House Committee on Health Services, urged Nigerians across ethnic divides to shun all forms of acrimonious and unfriendly tendencies as well as ethnic selfishness capable of undermining the unity of Nigeria.
He called on every citizen to shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies, advising Nigerians to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria.
Olulade added: “For the country to quickly recover from its current challenges and start moving in a positive direction, Nigerians must be ready to display high level self-denial, sacrifice and patriotism.
“Nigerians should not stop praying, supplication and sacrifice for the country toward finding solutions to our challenges.”
He urged the Muslims to use the lessons and virtues of love, tolerance and perseverance imbibed during the holy month of Ramadan in every aspect of their daily living in order to move the country forward.
Also speaking, Mr Olusola Shokunle, representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency I in the Assembly, said national unity remained cardinal to moving the country forward.
Shokunle, the Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, applauded the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for the efforts he has been putting into ensuring a united Nigeria.
He said: “As Muslims across Nigeria celebrate Eid-el-Fitr today, we should pray for the unity of Nigeria.
“I must praise the Acting President for the consultations and peace talks he has held across board to ensure that the country remains united.
“The unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable because it is only through a united Nigeria that development can take place. Our division will be a terrible thing for us.”
He described the peace meetings held by the Acting President as steps in the right direction, especially at a time the country is desirous of purposeful leadership that would keep the country on course.
The lawmaker urged traditional and religious leaders to play their roles toward stabilizing the country politically, socially and economically.
“Our traditional and religious leaders have serious role to play in the Nigeria project in all ramifications of our live as they command much respect from their followers.
“I will urge them to use this commanding strength to campaign for a stabile and united country,” the lawmaker added.