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Ambode tasks religious leaders on Nigeria’s prosperity

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Chancellor, Lagos Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and retired judge of the Supreme Court, Justice George Oguntade (left); Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; Diocesan Bishop, Most Reverend Ephraim Ademowo; his wife, Oluwafeyirantimi and Prelate, Methodist Church, Dr. Samuel Chuwuemeka Kanu Uche; during the official opening of the first session of the diocese’s 33rd synod with the theme: “The Marks of the Church” at Our Saviour’s Church, Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

Chancellor, Lagos Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and retired judge of the Supreme Court, Justice George Oguntade (left); Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; Diocesan Bishop, Most Reverend Ephraim Ademowo; his wife, Oluwafeyirantimi and Prelate, Methodist Church, Dr. Samuel Chuwuemeka Kanu Uche; during the official opening of the first session of the diocese’s 33rd synod with the theme: “The Marks of the Church” at Our Saviour’s Church, Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

From the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday, came a call for religious leaders to intercede for the country in bringing about greater economic prosperity that will positively affect the country, especially now that the nation is in its trying period.

Speaking at the 33rd Synod of the Lagos Diocese of Anglican Communion, held at the Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Ambode also tasked political leaders to prioritize the welfare of the masses.

According to him, Nigeria is in dire need of God’s blessings and prosperity at this critical point in time and the church has a great role to play.

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

He 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.

He said: “At the critical time in the history of Nigeria, there is no better time for us to talk about what the position of the church should be in this trying time. There is nothing else that can be that significant for us to actually gather and talk about the business of the church and also about how it affects the country itself,” the Governor said.

“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,” he added.

While expressing hope that deliberations at the Synod would be of greater benefit to humanity, the governor 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.

The President of the Synod, the Bishop of Lagos, the Most Revd. Ephraim Ademowo described Ambode as indomitable and indefatigable governor and prayed that Lagos State would remain to be a reference point for other states during and after his tenor.

Ademowo praised the courage and the determination of the current administration in fighting corruption and stamping out insurgency in Nigeria.

“It will require a considerable amount of time and concerted effort to rebuild a nation whose economy has been ruthlessly damaged and bastardized for many years,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the Governor has succeeded in laying a strong foundation for a successful tenure in office, which will be of immense benefit to the people.


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