The Lagos State Government has advised Nigerians to be vigilant and self protective and share information with security agencies in a bid to deal with insecurity in the nation. The governor who spoke while receiving Rt. Reverend Peter Awelewa Adebiyi in Alausa said crime prevention and detection is not divination.
He explained that if citizens distance themselves from their law enforcement agencies, they unwittingly distance themselves from their own protection, noting that the troubles people go through in providing information is worth the sacrifice if the nation must be secured.
“Knowledge sharing and information passing will be the critical thing and people must not take things for granted. The fact that Lagos is safe does not mean that you should invite yourself to be a victim. If you must go out at night to a place that is not lit up, why not go with somebody. If a woman must go out on her own, she should dress appropriately. Don’t go and provoke. There are some places where no matter how safe it is, it is an invitation to trouble when you show off your gold chain and diamond watch. So these are some of the senses of internal protection”, he said.
Fashola who was concerned about the situation in the North cautioned Nigerians against escalating issues on religious or ethnic lines.
“As I have often said, we are bound together by much more important things than the little things that people who mean us no well seek to emphasize, so if you have an altercation with a citizen in town, it is not because you are from one ethnic group. if a citizen had acted badly, let us deal with his bad action, don’t escalate it on the ground that it is because I am from here and he is not from there. Don’t escalate it on the ground that because he is Muslim or Christian”, the Governor said.
Earlier, Adebiyi thanked the Governor for his consistent support to the Lagos West adding that he has enjoyed a robust cooperation with the State Government.
He appealed to the government to allow a return to thorough religious studies so that the nation’s falling moral fabric can be rebuilt; arguing that since religious studies in schools was taken away during the military days everyone can see what is happening now.
“There is no fear of God, they were not taught again and those that are being taught in the Sunday school in the churches are like a drop of water in the ocean. Many are not coming to church and are nominal Christians but when children are taught from the beginning they will know what to do when they get old and they will be able to have a better country”.
Governor was joined in receiving the retiring Bishop by the Deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Orelope -Adefulire, the Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon Justice Ayo Philips, members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs Florence Oguntuashe and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Homes Affairs and Culture, Mrs Olufunmilayo Balogun while the retiring Bishop was accompanied by his successor, Rt Reverend James Olusola Odedeji and Lord Chancellor of the Lagos West, Justice Babashola Ogunade(rtd) among others.