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Pray For Nigeria’s Prosperity, Ambode Urges Religious Leaders

Posted: May 3, 2016 at 4:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)




Ejikeme Omenazu



Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State governor, on Monday urged religious leaders to intercede fervently for the country in bringing about greater economic prosperity, just as he tasked political leaders to prioritise the welfare of the masses.

Governor Ambode, who spoke while declaring open the 33rd Synod of the Lagos Diocese of Anglican Communion, held at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, said the country was in dire need of God’s blessings and prosperity at this critical point in time, stressing that the church has a great role to play on this.

The governor expressed delight at the theme of the Synod which was to discuss the “Ecclesiastical Business vis-a-vis the Role of the Church in the Country,” saying the topic was apt and timely, especially at this trying period for the economy of the country.

While alluding to the fact that the church has a major role to play in the economy, Governor Ambode stated that those saddled with responsibility of administering the country must put the interest of the people first.

He said, “Nigeria is in dire need of God’s greater prosperity and blessings at this time and there are no other people that can actually do that for us except we take it up by spiritual blessings that come out from the church.

“So, one can imagine that there is a correlation between the economy and the church and if the economy prospers, it is very clear that the welfare of the people in the church will also improve.

“So, it is in the best interest of those of us who are in government to ensure that the economy prospers or else people will not come into the church.”

The governor, however, expressed hope that deliberations at the Synod would be of greater benefit to humanity.

He assured the Anglican Communion that his administration would continue to sustain the symbiotic relationship that has always existed between the Government and the Lagos Diocese over the years.

Also speaking at the Synod, George Oguntade, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, commended Ambode for his remarkable footprints in the state in the last 11 months, saying that the good works of the governor can indeed be felt everywhere.

Justice Oguntade, however, expressed optimism that the governor has succeeded in laying a strong foundation for a successful tenure in office, which would be of immense benefit to the people.

Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo, Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Anglican Communion, commended Ambode for his giant strides so far, saying the state is surely in good hands.

“As the morning shows the day, Governor Ambode has always shown that he is a serious minded person. I have personally known him for 45 years to be intellectual propitious, brilliant, well-focused, hardworking, disciplined, firm and gorgeous,” Ademowo said.