Ambode made the plea at the Independence Day Parade in Lagos to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary.
Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, made the plea at the Independence Day Parade in Lagos to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary.
He said there was the need to proactively adopt a system that would empower the component units of the federation to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
According to him, such innovations could better the living conditions of the people.
“As we celebrate our 57th independence anniversary, we must take a critical, objective assessment of our current situation in the country and resolve to do the right things.
“It is becoming clearer by the day that the present system is not the best and may not guarantee the future we all desire,’’ he said.
Ambode also urged Nigerians to remain united, confident and hopeful as the nation was on the path of recovery.
“This is not the time to call for division, it is a time to uphold what has united us in peace and love.
“’It is a time for each and everyone of us to rise against the ills that have, for long, not only undermined our progress but also our ability to harness our potential as a people to live a decent life,’’ he said.
The Governor, however, thanked residents for keeping faith with his administration by fulfiling their tax obligations.
He urged them to obey the laws and regulations put in place to promote security, peace and the general well-being of the citizens.
The governor also urged residents to live in peace and be tolerant, saying that Lagos State is home to every ethnic group in the country.
"On our part as a government, we shall continue to develop solutions in a creative and innovative way, to address the challenges facing our people in all sectors of the economy,’’ Ambode said.
Also speaking, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Akiolu 1, prayed for more progress, stability and peace in Lagos State, in particular and Nigeria, in general.
Akiolu appealed to the federal government to consider the Special Status bill for Lagos State, saying that the state caters for many mouths and deserved to be treated as such.