Ambode gave the directive while inaugurating 798 members of the NIREC appointed for the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos .
He was represented by Dr AbdulHakeem Abdul- Lateef, the Commissioner for Home Affairs at the inauguration .
He said , “ One of the core functions you are going to discharge is the collation of religious institutions at the local government level .
“ You must ensure that you compile a list of all churches, all mosques, all faith – based organisations and forward same to the Ministry of Home Affairs .
“ I must also urge you to work closely with the local government chairman and all other officials at the local government level .
“ You are working directly with NIREC at the state level .
“ Always make sure that you relate any matter that is beyond your capacity to the state NIREC and through the state NIREC , it will get to my office as the governor of Lagos State .
“ Your meetings will hold quarterly and I urge you to have extra – ordinary meetings in cases of emergencies .
“ I urge you to cooperate with the local government officials and do your best to promote peace and orderliness at the local government level . ”
Speaking earlier , the Co – Chairman ( Muslim) of the state NIREC , Dr Tajudeen Yusuf , said the inauguration of the council at the local government level was a proactive step taken by the government .
He said that this would ensure continued peaceful co – existence among all people of diverse religious and ethnic groups in the state .
“ Today , we are inaugurating the members of NIREC at grassroots and it is a proactive step on the part of our governor to ensure that the monumental development that Lagos State is witnessing today is not taken for granted.
“ Muslims and Christians are in a better position to ensure that we continue to have peace and inter -religious dialogue as well as peaceful co – existence in Lagos State .
“ We are , by this inauguration , taking inter – religious dialogue to the grassroots so that when crises arise , they are quickly nipped in the bud , ’’ Yusuf said .
Also speaking, the co – chairman ( Christian ) of the state NIREC , Dr Israel Akinadewo, remarked that religious leaders must continue to educate their followers , especially the vulnerable ones at the grassroots .
“ A Christian leader is a Christian whose actions and inactions are not only Christ – like but serves as a good example to younger Christians.
“ Also in a country like Nigeria and irrespective of what they do for a living , many people are majorly Christians and Muslims .
“ Within the NIREC , the people respect the opinions of their leaders , who they refer to as the representatives of God .
“ Hence their views on any matter are taken very seriously.
“ Religious leaders should not encourage wars , hatred and vengeance .
“ They are to be firm in the discipline of any of their followers who take steps that work contrary to Godly teachings , ’’ Akinadewo said .
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs , Mr Muslim Folami , commended Ambode for running a community-based government of inclusion by bringing governance down to the grassroots .
Folami said that by taking the NIREC activities to the grassroots , it would be easier for government to nip any crisis in the bud .
14 persons , comprising seven Muslims and seven Christians each , were appointed into the NIREC in the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs in the state .