Hon. Rasheed Makinde, member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Ifako/Ijaye II constituency has urged political office holders to reflect on the essence of democracy, to ensure effective good governance.
The Lagos lawmaker while making the counsel at a Ramadan lecture, Special Quranic recitation and Iftar (feeding the faithful) held at his constituency office reminded them of the motive for the meeting with his constituents which was initiated basically to seek the face of Almighty God.
“This democracy also marks the day of liberation from the military juntas and it is a special day that everybody should reflect on what we have been doing, especially those of us in the corridor of power and every individual that how far have we gone from 1999 till date.
Recounting that the meeting was the third in the series since his inception in office, Hon. Makinde was grateful to all adding “God has been faithful in making this edition a fulfilling one for us all”.
He however added, “We need to reflect and do more to effect good governance, those who prefers June12 above May 29 as our democracy day are on line, because if there is no June 12, there won’t be May 29, as the incident of June12 gave birth to May 29, so the two days are very important in our nascent democracy”.
In his contribution, the President League of Imam Ojokoro Area, Sheik (Alhaji) Mohammadu-Awal Ambali while speaking at the Ramadan lecture, noticed that the inability of all to accept that God rules in the affairs accounts for all the ills pervading the society.
He therefore urged all faithful to allow God in every facet of their lives so as to enjoy His benevolence.
According to the cleric, there is no strange occurrence in the polity given the fact that the Quran has enlightened us earlier about it that times and tides may differ but our prayers should always be for God’s protection and provision in such moments.
“We shall continually pray to God but it is certain that things are not meant to be rosy all the time, so we must accept our fate as it comes. Democracy has a lot of benefits as it allows us as clerics and other constituents unfettered access to the powers that be, to be able to tell them about the need for the fear of God in all they do.
This, he concluded has in no small measure brought about peace and tranquility in our society as well as enhance good governance.
……With Tunde Rufai