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Sanwo-Olu seeks collaborative efforts to tackle youthful exuberance at Synod

By Sunday Aikulola
29 May 2022   |   4:06 am
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for urgent collaborative efforts among major stakeholders to address vices among Nigerian youths.

Registrar, Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Lady Chikwe Ochiagha (left); First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Reverend Akinpelu Johnson and his wife, Olabo at the opening ceremony of the first Session of the sixth Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Lagos Mainland at All Saints’ Church, Yaba, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for urgent collaborative efforts among major stakeholders to address vices among Nigerian youths. The governor who maintained that there is need for partnership, identified major stakeholders such as families and government to work harmoniously to change the narrative.

Speaking at the first session of the sixth synod of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), last Friday, Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu stressed the need for major stakeholders to raise children in a Godly manner by inculcating Christian virtues in them.

In his presidential address, the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Reverend Akinpelu Johnson advised Christians to participate in the electoral process if they really desire some changes in the way things are being done. According to him, “if we decide not to, we will not be able to effect any change.” 

He observed that most Christians do not vote during elections simply because they believe that their votes do not count.

The cleric, however, argued that votes count but the votes that do not count are those that are not cast. The Bishop who also identified another challenge confronting the country, which according to him, is corruption, said corruption threatens to destroy the country and everyone is to blame, either by actively participating in it or by being silent beneficiaries of it.

Johnson, who spoke on the theme: “Let the children come unto me: A focus on Baptism and the Sunday School,” appealed to Christians to be prudent in their daily expenditure so as to be able to survive the looming economic crisis. He called on Anglicans to wake up to the theological and liturgical heritage and affirm what they hold as their understanding of the sacrament, which is both biblically sound and spiritually edifying. 

On Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, Johnson urged the Federal Government and ASUU to reach a quick and lasting solution to enable quick return to the classroom in the tertiary institutions.