Those advocating secession have been advised to have a rethink and unite to rebuild the country.
The national missioner of Ansar-Ud- deen Society of Nigeria, Sheik Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, gave the advice in a lecture in Lagos during a special Ramadan prayer for peace and security in the State, the Country and for the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Sheik Abdul-Rahman who pointed out that nowhere is secure in Nigeria said those clamouring for separation should stop being escapists, but join hands with others to reinvent Nigeria as a nation.
“This is a time that not only talk is required, but sincere actions that are back by deep thought about what we are experiencing today and the peace we crave. We often blame the leaders, but we get the kind of leaders we deserve. Our leaders are who we are. To save the country, it is a joint task.” he said.
The Islamic cleric encouraged all Nigerians to buy made in Nigeria products to strengthen the naira and the economy.
He urged the Lagos State government to make examples of lawless commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada riders for peace and security in Lagos.
He condemned kidnappings and abductions in many parts of the country and advised government to implement the laws on insecurity as it affect development.
In a similar vein, another prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik Muyideen Ajani Bello, popularly called “Oni wasi Agbaye”
said Nigerians should truly love one another and do away with corrupt practices.
In his remarks, the APC national leader, Asiwaju Tinubu called on those clamouring for secession to jettison the idea as the country is better together than separated.
Citing the example of the war in Sudan and Iraq, Asiwaju Tinubu who stated that he is not in support of secession, said his own form of politics is that of peace, prosperity and development of the nation.
“Tolerance, understanding and management of anger is the solution to the problem we have on ground” Asiwaju Tinubu said.
Thanking the Islamic Clerics for the prayers, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu assured them that the proposed last mile buses, which his administration would unveil this month (May) would eradicate the menace of Okada riders.
On security, Governor Sanwo-Olu said more funds would be deployed into the Security Trust Fund to empower police and other security operatives, while technology (2000 security cameras) would be deployed around Lagos.
The Governor promised that his administration would continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to Lagosians.
The event was attended by frontline Islamic clerics from all local government areas in the State, Oba of Lagos, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Gen Abubakar Garba, former national Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila and Business Mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote amongst others
A similar prayer session was also held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere by the Tinubu support organisation, during which prayers were offered for continued peace ahead of the 2023 election.