Lagos@50: LASG Lauds Harmonius Relationship Among Religious, Ethnic Groups

Lagos@50: LASG Lauds Harmonius Relationship Among Religious, Ethnic Groups

…As Ashimolowo Challenges State To Break New Grounds

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday attributed the peace and stability in the State to the harmonious relationship and peaceful co-existence among diverse ethnic and religious groups in the State.

Speaking at a special thanksgiving service held at Lagos House in Ikeja to mark the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State as well as the second-year anniversary of his administration, Governor said the State has also been blessed with visionary leaders who he said have worked hard to chart the path for growth and development of the State from inception.

The Governor said it was on record that over the years, the State has grown in leaps and bounds and had become home to all citizens of the world, and most importantly, a place where hope comes alive and dreams are actualized, attributing the development to the tireless efforts of the people and the mercies of God.

“Lagos has enjoyed peace and stability as a result of the harmonious relationship and peaceful co-existence of diverse ethnic and religious groups across the State. Most importantly, it has been blessed with great visionary leaders, who worked so hard to chart the path for the growth and development of our State from its creation till date.

“This was the Lagos we all were privileged to grow up in; the Lagos that has given us the opportunity to be what we are today and the Lagos I am honoured to lead at this auspicious moment.

“I want to appreciate God for His mercies, compassion, grace and blessings on the State thus far. I thank God for the citizens of the State, who through their selfless services have all contributed in no small measure to the enviable status the State has attained,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor added that as the State continue the journey of another fifty years, his prayer was that God would not forsake the State and would continue to raise leaders with vision, character and ability to take Lagos State to a position of eminence in the comity of modern City States.

Besides, Governor Ambode thanked all Lagosians and the Lagos@50 Celebration Committee for their contributions to the success of the year-long celebration of creation of the State.

In his sermon at the service, Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Matthew Ashimolowo said for the State to occupy its pride of place and accelerate development in the coming years, leadership of the State must work hard and aim high.

Speaking on the theme: “Pressing Unto Greater Heights, Ashimolowo said for the State to move forward and attain excellence in all ramifications, achievements of the past must be put behind, while greater efforts are made to focus on breaking new grounds.

He commended Governor Ambode for his giant strides in all sectors and sections especially the Light Up Lagos Initiative, construction of roads and bridges with particular reference to those of Abule Egba and Ajah, saying that the infrastructures have greatly reduced travel time.

Moving forward, the clergyman who picked his text from Philippians 3: 14, said efforts must be geared towards forging ahead especially in doing things that others thought would not be possible and finishing strong.

Among notable men of God who graced the service are the National Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Joseph Obayemi; wife of the General Overseer of the Church Worldwide, Pastor Folu Adeboye, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Southwest, Rev. Magnus Adeyemi Atilade; Lagos State Chairman of CAN, Apostle Alex Bamgbola; Baba Aladura, Pastor Akin Adewo; the Very Rev. Ayo Olu Oyadotun, among others.

Address Delivered At The Thanksgiving Service In Commemoration Of Lagos @50 And 2nd Year Of The Akinwunmi Ambode’s Administration

Address Delivered At The Thanksgiving Service In Commemoration Of Lagos @50 And 2nd Year Of The Akinwunmi Ambode’s Administration

Psalm 34: 3 “O magnify the Lord with me and let us praise His name forever”.

Today is a day of praise and Thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness to our State which clocked fifty years yesterday and our administration which will be two years tomorrow. We are gathered in His presence with thanksgiving because we know that He and only He is the source of our strength and achievements. Our faith in His unchanging promise is also the reason for our hope and belief that our expectation and dream of a greater and more prosperous Lagos would become a reality in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Over the years, the State has grown in leaps and bounds. It has become home to all citizens of the world, and most importantly, a place where hope comes alive and dreams are actualized.

Lagos has enjoyed peace and stability as a result of the harmonious relationship and peaceful co-existence of diverse ethnic and religious groups across the State. Most importantly, it has been blessed with great visionary leaders, who worked so hard to chart the path for the growth and development of our State from its creation till date.

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 This was the Lagos we all were privileged to grow up in; the Lagos that has given us the opportunity to be what we are today and the Lagos I am honoured to lead at this auspicious moment.

I want to appreciate God for His mercies, compassion, grace and blessings on the State thus far. I thank God for the citizens of the State, who through their selfless services have all contributed in no small measure to the enviable status the State has attained.

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As we continue the journey of another fifty years which commences today, I pray that the almighty God will not forsake us. He will continue to raise leaders with vision, character and ability to take Lagos State to a position of eminence in the comity of modern City States.

I wish to use this opportunity to thank all Lagosians, especially the Lagos at fifty Committee and everyone, individuals, groups and organizations for their contributions to the success of this celebration.

Psalm 103: 1-2 “Bless the Lord O my soul: and all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all His benefits”.

To Him alone be all glory, honour and adoration.

Thank you and God bless you all.

“Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je wa Logun”

Lagos Holds The Seed Of Nigeria Of Our Dreams

Lagos Holds The Seed Of Nigeria Of Our Dreams

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday night said the quest to evolve a greater and more prosperous Nigeria lies in the prosperity of Lagos State, describing the State as the foremost migrant community in Nigeria aggregating talents from everywhere and the undisputable commercial capital accounting for over 70 per cent of business in the country.

Osinbajo spoke at the Lagos@50 Anniversary Gala Nite held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, which was well attended by top dignitaries including Governors of Ogun, Oyo, Gombe, Ekiti, Imo, Edo; first civilian Governor of Lagos, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former Military Governors of Lagos State – Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd.); Brigadier General Olagunsoye Oyinlola(Rtd.); Brigadier General Buba Marwa (Rtd.); Rear-Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (Rtd.); CEO of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; CEO of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, Chief Olabode George, Jimi Agbaje, among others.

The Acting President alluded to a recent statistic released by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to the effect that Lagos accounts for 912 out of 914 individual businessmen who pay self-assessed tax of over N10million, saying that the strategic contribution of the State to the country’s economy could not be overemphasised.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (3rd right); Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (2nd right); Imo, Ekiti, Edo and Gombe States Governors, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (right); Gov. Ayo Fayose (left); Gov. Godwin Obaseki (2nd left) and Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo (3rd left) during the unveiling of the books on the perspective of Lagos at the Lagos @ 50 Gala Night at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (3rd right); Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (2nd right); Imo, Ekiti, Edo and Gombe States Governors, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (right); Gov. Ayo Fayose (left); Gov. Godwin Obaseki (2nd left) and Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo (3rd left) during the unveiling of the books on the perspective of Lagos at the Lagos @ 50 Gala Night at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

While recalling his time as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Osinbajo eulogized the leadership virtues of the then Governor of the State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who he said took cognizance of the diversity of the State while forming his cabinet in 1999.

He said: “I did not and I had never met Bola Tinubu before I was appointed Commissioner and that says a lot about the kind of individual that he is. This is the kind of thinking that makes nations great; that is the kind of thinking that would make Nigeria great.

“A type of thinking that considers all of our diverse talents; a kind of thinking that does not allow parochialism; a kind of thinking that does not allow us to say anywhere belongs to only a set of people. That is when our country would be truly great.”

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left); former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (left); wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right) and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (right) during the Lagos @ 50 Gala Night at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left); former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (left); wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right) and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (right) during the Lagos @ 50 Gala Night at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Osinbajo said although he was sympathetic to the course of those craving for a Lagos for only its indigene, but it was now evident that the momentum of history could no longer hold down the elemental force of the State.

“This Lagos is going to be a leader; it would be a leader in expressing the world’s view that the black man is capable of governing not just himself but in leading the world,” Osinbajo said.

Besides, the Acting President commended Governor Ambode for his giant strides in the State, saying that the new vistas being opened in the State by the Governor were capable of making Nigeria great.

“And every day that we see the giant strides that Akinwunmi Ambode is making here in Lagos; everyday that we watch television and see the new vistas that he is opening up, it is evident of the fact that surely in this Lagos State lies the seed of the great Nigeria of our dreams,” Osinbajo said.

Earlier, Governor Ambode in his address, said his administration was fully committed to take on the huge responsibility to make the next 50 years even more productive and memorable, worthy of bigger celebrations by the next generation.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow Lagosians, the vision for the future is clear. We foresee a smart city much more in line with the other great cities of the world, where clean and decent living, seamless and efficient transportation as well as sustainable environmental practices are the norm rather than the exception,” he said.

Describing the celebration as historic, Governor Ambode saluted the contributions of the founding fathers of the as well as the 13 former Governors of the State, saying that their selfless service has placed the State on a pedestal of greatness.

Governor Ambode alluded to a paragraph of the inaugural speech of the first governor of the State, Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson, on the undoubted talents and rich cultural heritage of the Lagos people, saying it was apparent of where the Lagos success story took flight.

“That entitlement and devotion to use our God-given talents and heritage to develop Lagos is the main reason for our success story. Fifty years after, we look back with gratitude to all our founding fathers and mothers; both living and past heroes and we all say a big thank you to all of you. God bless you always,” he said.

Governor Ambode while noting that he was humbled to be at the helm of affairs at a historic threshold for the State, thanked General Yakubu Gowon, the then Head of State, who signed the decree that established Lagos State as part of the Twelve States created from the regions and Lagos Colony.

“It is with the greatest pride that I stand here before you on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of our dear State. I was only 4 years old when the State was created and little did I know that I would be standing, fifty years later, as Governor of God’s greatest gift to Nigeria and Africa.

“Some years back, I wrote a newspaper article exalting the qualities of our State and its rich history on its 47th anniversary without knowing what laid ahead. It is therefore with the greatest sense of gratitude that I thank God for making it possible for me to partake significantly in this historic celebration of Lagos at 50,” he said.

Address Delivered At The Special 50th Anniversary Gala Night At Lagos House Ikeja, Alausa, Lagos

Address Delivered At The Special 50th Anniversary Gala Night At Lagos House Ikeja, Alausa, Lagos

It is with the greatest pride that I stand here before you on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of our dear State. I was only 4 years old when the State was created and little did I know that I would be standing, fifty years later, as Governor of God’s greatest gift to Nigeria and Africa.

Some years back, I wrote a newspaper article exalting the qualities of our State and its rich history on its 47th anniversary without knowing what laid ahead. It is therefore with the greatest sense of gratitude that I thank God for making it possible for me to partake significantly in this historic celebration of Lagos at 50.

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Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, when you read through the first speech of the first governor of this State, Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson, you will understand where Lagosians are coming from.

I quote “The Lagos State for which many of you have yearned over the years has arrived. The 27th of May 1967 is a day of which our fathers and mothers in their several ways worked and prayed, not perhaps in so many words, but certainly in their unshakeable belief that the people who live in these areas are entitled to devote their undoubted talents and rich cultural heritage to the development and upliftment of their land and all its peoples, and in their own way.”

That entitlement and devotion to use our God-given talents and heritage to develop Lagos is the main reason for our success story. Fifty years after, we look back with gratitude to all our founding fathers and mothers; both living and past heroes and we all say a big thank you to all of you. God bless you always.

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Most importantly, we thank General Yakubu Gowon, the then Head of State, who signed the decree that established Lagos State as part of the Twelve States created from the regions and Lagos Colony.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have attempted to put down a praise poetry for Lagos. What you can refer to as “Oriki” in cultural parlance.

Lagos, the smallest, the richest, the oldest,

Untouched or divided since creation,

Most populous, most prosperous, most cosmopolitan,

A State with vibrant energy and its unique soul;

Highly receptive to both hardworking and lazy people,

Land of Opportunities,

In Lagos, fortune favours the brave;

There are many cities across the world with Lagos as their name;

But our own Lagos is the most promising, centre of Excellence;

Welcome to the capital of prosperity…

Today, as we celebrate 50 years of greatness in Lagos, we are conscious of the fact that we also stand on the cusp of history, and it is our responsibility to make the next 50 years even more productive and memorable, worthy of bigger celebrations by those who will come after us.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow Lagosians, the vision for the future is clear. We foresee a smart city much more in line with the other great cities of the world, where clean and decent living, seamless and efficient transportation as well as sustainable environmental practices are the norm rather than the exception.

Your Excellencies, I join millions of Lagosians to appreciate and commend our past governors, thirteen of them, for their selfless service to the State and the Nation.

I want to sincerely wish Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari, a quick recovery. We all know about his love for Lagos and undoubtedly would have been here if he was around.

To the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, your contributions to the growth and development of Lagos State are legendary. To demonstrate this, you flew in from Italy to be with us tonight. Thank you so much, your Excellency.

To all our fathers and mothers, we cannot be more grateful for bequeathing to us a great State that is destined for global attention.

Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, we are prepared and we are able. We are confident that with today’s efforts, we stand on the right side of history – the history of a greater Lagos, as we begin the journey of the next 50 years.

I thank you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lojewalogun.