Remarks  By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Occasion Of The Annual Lagos House Ramadan Tafsiir Programme For The Year 2019

Remarks  By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Occasion Of The Annual Lagos House Ramadan Tafsiir Programme For The Year 2019

 Assalam Alaekum

 

Let me start by saying Ramadhan Kareem to all our Muslim faithful.

I congratulate His Eminence, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou-Nolla, eminent clerics and the entire Muslim Ummah in Lagos State on the commencement of this year’s fasting. We give praise to almighty Allah for sparing our lives to witness yet another Ramadan and we pray that He will grant us the grace to witness the end and many more of this great month of Ramadan.

This holy month is one full of blessings for all faithful. It is a celebration of a tradition and a key pillar of lslam that has been practiced for 1,440 years. Every year, we are called to pause and reflect on our lives; how we are serving the Almighty, how we are serving our fellow human beings, our nation and our State.

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I call on all our people and in particular our Muslim brethren to avail ourselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan provides; to cleanse our hearts and enrich our souls. This is a time to rededicate ourselves to the good of humanity, the development and progress of our dear State, and our great country, Nigeria.

In a few days from now, the tenure of this administration will come to an end. This occasion therefore provides for me a unique opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Muslim community in the State for your support, prayers and contributions as citizens to the successes we have achieved. We also thank the Almighty for His innumerable blessings on us as one strong united family.

We have built a good partnership, worked peacefully in an atmosphere devoid of religious conflict and together, we have achieved so much in these four years. Our administration, to the best of our ability fulfilled our promises to the people as can be seen in different sectors of the State.

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However, there is still so much more to be done and I am very confident that the best days of our State are still ahead of us. The good news is that the foundation has been laid and we are on the right track to attaining the next level of development, prosperity and social security for our people.

All that we need to do, as citizens is to continue to cooperate with the government and support our leaders with prayers for divine wisdom and guidance.

The Chief Imam of Lagos, other Chief Imams, my ever-supportive clerics, brothers and sisters, I want to sincerely appreciate and thank you for all your prayers and support in the last four years. Only Allah can reward you for all your love and cooperation.

Once again, I felicitate with you on this occasion and wish you an enriching and most rewarding fasting in this holy month of Ramadan.

I thank you all.

Maa Salaam.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

 

6th May, 2019.

Goodwill Message Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Official Opening  Of The First Session Of The 34th Synod Of The Diocese Of Lagos (Anglican Communion) On Monday, 6th May

Goodwill Message Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Official Opening  Of The First Session Of The 34th Synod Of The Diocese Of Lagos (Anglican Communion) On Monday, 6th May

Protocol

 

Brothers and Sisters, Friends in Christ; I greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I am very happy to be here today, to fellowship with the brethren of the Lagos Diocese of the Anglican Communion on the occasion of your 34th Synod; a synod which coincides with the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Lagos Diocese.

This synod is a significant one as it is the first synod presided over by our Bishop, the Rt. Reverend, Dr. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye. It is also the last synod that I will attend as your Governor.

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That is why I am here today, with heart full of gratitude, to thank the Church for its support, goodwill and prayers for our State, our government and my family in these past four years.

I thank the Bishop, Clergymen and entire members of the Diocese immensely and ask you to continue to pray for us that God will continue to do His will in our State and all our lives.

The theme of this year’s synod is very apt and for me, very personal; “The Unfailing Faith of our Fathers: ever Sufficient”. I am sure our Bishop and Clergy will do a better job of teaching us God’s word around this theme but for me it is a call to remember who we are; whose children we are and to never despair even in the face of adverse circumstances.

We are children of God and our God remains the same, yesterday, today and forever. And our God is always waiting for us to call on Him; and the way He answered our fathers, He will surely answer us. All we need is that Unfailing faith; and our Unfailing Father will be right by our side.

Brothers and Sisters, faith is said to be “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Faith is one of the most essential ingredients needed to serve God. It is an unshakable belief in God that He would do all things and come through for us even in the midst of the storm and in the most difficult of all situations.

As we put our faith in God, I urge you to also believe in our State and in our country. Our State is on an upward trajectory that needs everyone pulling in the same direction. We need cooperation, unity and peaceful co-existence to continue on this our growth curve.

As our administration makes way for another, I ask for your continued support and prayers for the in-coming government, the Governor-elect and his team. I pray that as we continue to exhibit our faith in God and support for the social and economic development of our State, the Lord Almighty would continue to answer our prayers and grant the good desires of our hearts.

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To our Fathers in the Lord and clergymen, I thank you for all you have done to move Lagos forward in the past four years of my administration. I am proud of the relationship and support that has yielded the peaceful coexistence and atmosphere of love and brotherhood. For me, this is the strongest plank upon which the progress we have achieved rests.

It is also on record that no single religious conflict was recorded in the last four years. The peaceful co-existence of all religious sects is a testimony of our collective heritage in the State.

I congratulate the Lagos Diocese Anglican Communion for your commitment in living up to the legacies of the founding fathers of this Diocese and propagating the gospel for the promotion of peace, goodwill and unity in the society. Fortified by the unfailing faith of our fathers, we will look up to God and He who is all powerful will ensure that His Church will always triumph.

Once again, I commend you on this 34th Synod and wish you a very successful programme.

Thank you and God bless you all.

“Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun”!

 

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa- Ikeja

 

6th May, 2019.

 

Governor Ambode Preaches Love, Sacrifice, Tolerance At Easter

Governor Ambode Preaches Love, Sacrifice, Tolerance At Easter

As Christians in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Easter, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and sacrifice for one another, which Jesus Christ demonstrated throughout his period on earth.

The Governor, in his Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the celebration of the resurrection of Christ which the season represents, should be a constant reminder for everyone to extend the virtues of selflessness, love, sacrifice and tolerance.

He particularly urged Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining the foundation of love, peace and harmony in the nation.

“We must therefore see this period as a time that presents us the viable opportunity to think about how we can help to steer our nation back on the road to peace, stability and prosperity, by working in the spirit of togetherness because no nation can make any meaningful progress in an atmosphere riddled with pockets of violence and killings,” the Governor said.

He said with the elections over, it was time for every Nigerian, to unite together and eschew bitterness along ethnic and religious lines for the sake of a more prosperous Nigeria, adding that no challenge is insurmountable where unity of purpose thrives.

“The elections have come and gone, we must not allow our political leanings determine our actions. The Nigeria we desire will only be a reality if all hands are on deck towards achieving a peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country. This is the time for us to avoid all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with one another, as Jesus Christ enjoined us to,” he said.

Governor Ambode also commended Lagosians for the sustained peaceful co-existence that the State has experienced since the commencement of his administration despite being home to multi ethnic, cultural and religious diversities.

While wishing all Lagosians a happy Easter celebration, Governor Ambode assured residents that his administration would continue to work for the greater good of the State until he exits office.

Christmas: Only Humility, Love, Selflessness Can Stop Violence Among Us

Christmas: Only Humility, Love, Selflessness Can Stop Violence Among Us

…As Lagos Gov Urges Nigerians To Pray For Peaceful Elections In 2019

 

Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday urged Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of humility, love, selflessness and fairness, saying that it is only in practicing them that violence can give way for unity and love to reign supreme among all people.

 

The Governor’s wife, who spoke at the 2018 Christmas Carol Service, held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said despite Jesus awesome glory, He came into the world with disarming humility, reflected in His carriage, interaction and all that He did, saying that if people could do same, the world would be a better place.

 

“Dear brethren, imagine what the world would be if everyone had the qualities of Jesus Christ. It would be a world without hate and violence, where love reigns supreme, ensuring joy, peace and complete harmony, among all people and all nations.

 

“Of course we cannot be Jesus Christ, but we can imbibe His teachings and strive hard to emulate His qualities of humility, love for all, fairness, selflessness and consideration for fellow humans, among others.

 

“If we succeed in doing these, we would do less of preaching to bring non believers to the vineyard, as our lives would be perfect examples and model that would convince the multitude to come to God. This way, we would have a world where love and Godliness reign supreme,” she said.

 

Making reference to the theme of the Carol Service, ‘The Light of the World’, the Governor’s wife said the event was put together to appreciate the magnitude of undeserved suffering that Jesus went through for mankind and express same with solemn songs of praise.

 

“As we always do, we are gathered here again for our carol service, a long session of song ministration, in appreciation of the kindness of God to humanity, in sending His beloved son Jesus Christ to the world, to redeem mankind from permanent damnation.

 

“If God had not given us a chance of redemption through Christ; if He had insisted on vengeful action based on the sinfulness of the world; if God had not shown so much kindness and mercy to people of the world, what will be the story of mankind,” Mrs. Ambode said.

 

According to her, the pains that Jesus suffered and the burden he carried for mankind to enjoy forgiveness of sin from God, make Him the reason for the season, adding that the carol service was the State Government’s little way of celebrating Christmas.

 

On his part, State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season to continue to pray for the prosperity and peace of the country especially as the nation prepares for the general elections in 2019.

 

He also admonished the people to reciprocate God’s love and blessings by giving to the less-privileged and vulnerable ones in the society.

 

“As we enjoy this ministration of songs, let us use this season of love to reciprocate the great love God has shown to all of us by giving to the less-privileged and the vulnerable ones in our society.

 

“Let us also continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of our State and also our country Nigeria as we prepare to exercise our franchise in the coming elections,” Governor Ambode said.

 

While noting that activities at Christmas were always connected to light as personified by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Governor said it was undisputable that the presence of light always illuminates and provide hope to the hopeless.

 

“As light therefore, we are expected to illuminate or make visible those things that connect to Jesus Christ.

 

“Every day we are surrounded by people living in darkness, separated from the God who loves them. It is our responsibility as the light of God to show the way,” he said.

 

The Carol Service was characterised with various song ministrations, dance drama, among others.

 

Pictures: COWLSO Holds Annual Thanksgiving Service, Tagged: “Celebration of God’s Goodness”, At The State House Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja

Pictures: COWLSO Holds Annual Thanksgiving Service, Tagged: “Celebration of God’s Goodness”, At The State House Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (m); Mrs. Funmilayo Ojo (2nd left); Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde (2nd right); Mrs. Elizabeth Ayilara (r) and members of the Committee, during the Committee’s Annual Thanksgiving Service, tagged: “Celebration of God’s Goodness”, at the State House Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, 25th November, 2018.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (m); Mrs. Funmilayo Ojo (2nd left); Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde (2nd right); Mrs. Elizabeth Ayilara (r) and members of the Committee, during the Committee’s Annual Thanksgiving Service, tagged: “Celebration of God’s Goodness”, at the State House Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, 25th November, 2018.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (L); Mrs. Funmilayo Ojo (m); and Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde (r), during the Committee’s Annual Thanksgiving Service, tagged: “Celebration of God’s Goodness”, at the State House Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, 25th November, 2018.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (L); Mrs. Funmilayo Ojo (m); and Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde (r), during the Committee’s Annual Thanksgiving Service, tagged: “Celebration of God’s Goodness”, at the State House Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, 25th November, 2018.

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