ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE, GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE AT THE 2017 INTERDENOMINATIONAL DIVINE SERVICE OF CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN), LAGOS STATE BRANCH HELD ON SATURDAY 18THFEBRUARY, 2017 AT SHEPHERDHILL BAPTIST CHURCH, OBANIKORO BUS-STOP, LAGOS.
Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am happy to be part of this solemn assembly of Christian faithful to seek divine intervention in all affairs concerning our State and our nation.
I congratulate the Chairman, Executivesand entire membership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State branch for sustaining this initiative which has become a yearly event that brings Christians from different denomination to worship and pray together.
At this critical period in the history of our nation, the church and indeed everyone who believes in the efficacy of prayer have a responsibility and patriotic duty to pray for the wellbeing and progress of our State and nation.Prayer is the master key and there is no challenge that cannot be surmounted with prayers. We have been assured in 2ndChronicles 7:14 that “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”
Every situation, whether good or bad requires prayers. For us in Lagos State, we have been truly blessed. Indeed, we have enjoyed His grace which has enabled us as a State, to experience unprecedented breakthroughs inspite of economic recession. For instance, a lot of investments and new businesseshave come into our State in the last twenty-one (21) months and there are many more in the process.
I am absolutely convinced in my mind that all of these success stories were made possible by our collective prayers and very importantly, the relatively peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed within the State over time. As we engage in ceaseless prayers, we must make conscious efforts to sustain this peaceful atmosphere by refraining from acts that are potentially divisive and capable of igniting avoidablecrisis.
For us, as government, we will continue to promote fairness, justice and everything that will make life more comfortable for our people. We remain committed to the goal of making the Lagos work for all;making all our communities economically viable and liveable as well as creating opportunities for everyone to actualise his/her potentials,without discrimination on the basis of ethnic affiliation, religious beliefs or socio- economic circumstances.
By His grace, Lagos State will continue to prosper and our nation will rise again and become a pride to the entire black race and humanity.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!
Governor of Lagos State,
18th February, 2017.