The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has called for strong family ties in the face of unrelenting violence and insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that there is a need for the citizens to rebuild the family structure that has been the bedrock of stability in the country in the past.
Dr. Hamzat made the call while speaking at the 2021 Annual Ramadhan Tafsir of the Lagos State Branch of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria held on Sunday at the LTV Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Ikeja, attributing the breakdown of the family system as the source of the various challenges and insecurity bedevilling the country.
While noting that the failure in the family system is now causing more havoc in the society as many parents have left their roles unperformed, he stressed the need to strengthen the family values and system in order to build a better society, calling on religious leaders to assist in the restoration of the family system as it is a very vital institution in society.
His words: “We are no longer accommodating, there is a breakdown in the family. The Muslim community needs to start speaking to one another on the importance of family because, if the family system is embraced, then 50% of our problems are solved”.
“The family is the foundation of the society and there is a reason we all have parents and our job as parents is to guide our wards, to protect them and direct them.
“Every child has a tendency of misbehaving and the role of the parent is to make sure they guide their children in the right direction. If this is missing the foundation is broken”, the Deputy Governor submitted.