Governor Hamzat and Shekarau

Hamzat, Shekarau advocate FBOs collaboration on good governance

A call has gone to Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) to go beyond esoteric teachings in their preaching and embrace more realistic content designed to promote decency and better behaviours.

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat who stated this at a Workshop on Good Governance organized by the Nasrul-Lahi-L-Faith Society (NASFAT) called for a new attitude toward solving the myriad of challenges besetting the nation.

According to him, a fundamental problem with the nation is the issue of failed parenting which further challenges the emerging breed of Nigerians.

Urging FBOs to also call on members to actively engage in politics, the Deputy Governor opined that religion does not bar anyone from being a politician but they should be a good one and allow their principles and conviction to guide and drive what they do in government. He stated further that if they stay away, they have no moral justification to complain.

L-R: Former Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, Second Vice President, Nasrul-Lahi-L- Faith Society, (NASFAT), Prof. Rauf Adegbola, Chairman of the Occasion/Former Kano State Governor, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, Chief Missioner of NASFAT, Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike and Member, Board of Trustees of NASFAT, Alhaji​ Babatunde Salau at a Workshop on Good Governance organized by NASFAT at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja on Sunday.

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He listed the nation’s challenges as including a lack of “coincidence of want” adding that nepotism will take the nation to nowhere. Hamzat said Nigeria should prioritize competence in every facet of our national life. He added that merit is very important and as a people, we should not ignore merit and lower our standard.

He said, “Our system should not encourage indolence and relegate hard work”

While stressing the need for citizens to be united to solve our problems rather than fighting each other, Dr. Hamzat observed that the era of fighting government and becoming a hero as in the days of colonial rule is long gone.

He further said Nigerians should stop gratifying violence and wrongdoings while calling for FBOs to use their platforms to engage in rebuilding the moral fabric of our nation.

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Also speaking at the workshop, former Governor of Kano State, senator Ibrahim Shekarau stated that good governance requires government introducing and implementing policies and programmes that are people-oriented and guarantees easy access to food to the citizens.

While stating that the essence of government is to serve humanity, the former governor further urged the government to embrace the love for the people founded on honesty, sincerity of purpose, truth and good conscience.​ He listed the principles of good governance to include, accountability, open participation, political stability, Rule of Law and effective governance.

According to him, the war on corruption should be given the pride of place adding that unless the government eliminates corruption, it will not be able to establish good governance. He thereafter called on Faith-Based Organizations to charge their members to always come out to cast their votes during elections to guard. They should embark on engaging their members.​

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