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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Lagos Remains Gateway To Prosperity For Nigerians

Lagos Remains Gateway To Prosperity For Nigerians

…Says Govt Committed To Total Welfare Of Residents

…Posterity ’ll Forever Be Kind To You, FGBMF Tells Lagos Gov

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday evening said the State has over the years emerged as a viable gateway for honest and genuine business men and women to invest and make good return on their investments.

 

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the closing session of the 2018 National Convention of the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship (FGBMF), Nigeria, held at the Police College, Ikeja, said the State has many opportunities and an enabling environment for visitors to tap from.

 

“Our State has been a gateway to prosperity for many and many more still come here in pursuit of their dreams.

 

“We continue to pray that as more people come to our State in search of genuine, honest business, our God will crown their efforts with success and they will reap bountiful harvests from their labour,” he said.

 

The Governor said he was particularly thrilled by the theme of convention; “An Open Door”, saying that it totally conforms with the mantra that Lagos is open for greater business for good, responsible and ethical honest and genuine business people.

 

“The theme of this convention further strengthens this thinking. It seems to me that we have been building a Lagos which will be an Open Door to success, An Open Door to prosperity and An Open Door for all who believe and fear God to experience His Love, Mercy and Favour.

 

“Before a door can open, proper foundation must have been laid. Our State remains a good example of where doors can open for members of this great fellowship,” Governor Ambode said.

 

He attributed the successes the State has recorded over the years to fact that the Government recognizes the role of God in its progress and growth.

 

He said the State has grown in leaps and bounds, just as he expressed confidence that the fortunes of the State would continue to soar with the grace of God.

 

“The successes recorded in our State are a result of God’s divine mercy and provision for our State.

 

“As we gather here today, I urge you all to join us in praying for Lagos State and collectively, our Nation and all its citizens; all our business men and professionals, all our youth and women; that we may continue to enjoy the favour and protection of God always,” Governor Ambode said.

 

The Governor also assured that his administration remains committed to furthering an all-inclusive progress and prosperity in the State, adding that “more than ever before, our prime focus and concern has been and shall continue to be to serve diligently, our teeming masses, in every way possible.”

 

Commending the FGBMF for a successful convention, the Governor said it was worthy to note that Lagos State has continued to enjoy religious harmony and peaceful coexistence amongst its people due to the supportive role of religious leaders.

 

Earlier in his welcome address, National President of the Fellowship, Mr. Ifeanyi Odedo said posterity would forever be kind to Governor Ambode for putting in place numerous projects to empower the people, especially to tackle poverty.

 

According to Odedo, “The policy thrust of the State Government might not be seen physically, especially the one that has to do with poverty alleviation, such that we have to do with economic growth that has been sustainable through this massive infrastructural development and renewal that is the thrust of Lagos State under this administration.

 

“Our Governor (Ambode) has left a legacy on the sands of history. As far as this State is concerned, he has lifted the bar of governance. His achievements have brought a lot of excitement in some quarters and provocation in other quarters. I want to believe that posterity will not forget in a hurry the good jobs that our Governor has done,” he said.

 

Speaking further, Odedo said: “But whether they like it or not, what the Lord has deposited in him (Ambode) has made him a visionary, charismatic and indefatigable leader endeared in the hearts of the people of Lagos and admired by those outside Lagos.

 

“For the past three and half years, it has been giant strides to move Lagos forward. Three and half years is too short but it’s good enough because it took Jesus three and half years to bring about transformation that we are still experiencing today. Because we know that all things work together for good, there is a greater responsibility that God is preparing for our Governor ahead,” Odedo said.

 

Goodwill Message Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The 2018 Lagos National Convention Of The Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International – Nigeria

Goodwill Message Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The 2018 Lagos National Convention Of The Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International – Nigeria

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I greet you all in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

I am delighted to be in the midst of Christian brothers, businessmen and professionals, leaders and captains of industry indeed, a selection of Nigeria’s best, from all walks of life. I thank the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International – Nigeria for inviting me to your 2018 Lagos national Convention.

We thank our heavenly Father that this convention has been a resounding success and is set to end on a memorable note for all participants.

To the people visiting Lagos for this convention, I hope you have all enjoyed your stay in our State and received a warm welcome from our people.

Lagos is a praying State and we recognize the role of God in our progress and growth. That is why we always set aside the first Sunday of every year for the Thanksgiving Service. The successes recorded in our State are a result of God’s divine mercy and provision for our State.

As you are all aware, we have continued to enjoy religious harmony and peaceful coexistence amongst our people because all our religious leaders have been very supportive and we thank them for that.

In this State, we have a heart full of gratitude because God has been faithful. Our State has grown in leaps and bounds and we are confident that our God will never fail us, whenever we call on him.

Our State has been a gateway to prosperity for many and many more still come here in pursuit of their dreams. We continue to pray that as many as come to our State in search of genuine, honest business, our God will crown their efforts with success and they will reap bountiful harvests from their labour.

I am intrigued by the theme of this convention; “An Open Door”. For many years, we have been saying that Lagos is open to business; open to good, responsible and ethical businesses; honest and genuine business people; open to greater business.

The theme of this convention further strengthens this thinking. It seems to me that we have been building a Lagos which will be an Open Door to success, An Open Door to prosperity and An Open Door for all who believe and fear God to experience His Love, Mercy and Favour.

Before a door can open, proper foundation must have been laid. Our State remains a good example of where doors can open for members of this great fellowship.

As we gather here today, I urge you all to join us in praying for Lagos State and collectively, our Nation and all its citizens; all our business men and professionals, all our youth and women; that we may continue to enjoy the favour and protection of God always.

As a government, we are determined and God willing, we shall continue to achieve an all-inclusive progress and prosperity in the State. More than ever, our prime focus and concern has been and shall continue to be to serve diligently, our teeming masses, in every way possible.

We thank God for making this 2018 National Convention of “the happiest people on earth” a grand success and I pray that He will continue to be your light and guide as you win souls for him and raise a new generation of Bible-believing business men and professionals.

Thank you again for inviting me to join you and God bless you all.

Continue To Preach Hope, Peace, Unity, Governor Ambode Urges Religious Leaders

Continue To Preach Hope, Peace, Unity, Governor Ambode Urges Religious Leaders

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday urged religious leaders to see the period as a time to continue to preach the message of hope, peace, unity, integrity and religious tolerance and intensify prayers for God’s intervention and restoration of hope in the future of Nigeria.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at a special Independence Interdenominational Service, held at the headquarters of the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos, said he was optimistic that the best of Nigeria and the State was yet to come, urging Nigerians to continue to pray, hope and work for a better future for all.

“My brothers and sisters in the Lord, at this auspicious 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 nation. I believe strongly that the best of our nation and our State is yet to come. Let us continue to pray, hope and work for a better future,” he said.

He said that as the nation prepares to go to the polls next year, all hands must be on deck to sustain and deepen the process that will result in sustainable growth and good governance for all, just as he urged Nigerians to eschew all tendencies that may aggravate the challenges being experienced at the moment.

“As we celebrate our 58 years independence anniversary, I urge us to remain steadfast and continue to uphold those values that have been passed down from our heroes who sacrificed so much to liberate us from the yokes of colonial rule.

“Today’s occasion is also coming at a critical time in the history of our nation when all hands must be on deck to sustain and deepen the process that will result in sustainable growth and good governance for our people.   We must all get involved and work together to ensure that the potentials of this nation are fully realized for the benefit of everyone and future generations,” he said.

He specifically commended the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, for his dedication and commitment shown towards the propagation of Christianity and the service of God over the years, adding that he (Kumuyi) had continued to impact the lives of many globally through inspirational teaching of the Word of God.

Governor Ambode also lauded the contributions of the church in the State, saying that the Gbagada community has benefited immensely from their various corporate social responsibility projects initiated by the church.

“I congratulate the Deeper Life Bible Church on this magnificent edifice you have put up here. I was unable to join you for the formal opening but I am very happy to worship in this sanctuary today as we celebrate another anniversary of our Independence.

“As I congratulate you on this new Church building, I also thank you for the good works you have done in the Gbagada Community. Your holistic approach to religious activities has been demonstrated in your corporate social responsibility actions especially the construction of the Oduwole Bridge and a multi-level car park to ease traffic in this community.

“You have demonstrated that the Church can play a lot of roles in nation building. Beyond the spiritual role of praying for the Government, the Church can also partner with the Government to make our communities a better place,” the Governor said.

He said his administration, in furtherance to the efforts of the church, embarked on the construction of a network of six roads identified by the community development associations, including Aderemi Akeju Street, Okun Street, Femi Kuti Street, Brown Road, Adegbenro/Ganiyat Dawodu Street and Yetunde Brown Street.

Governor Ambode said the contract for the road, which was awarded in September 2017 was already 60 percent completed and is expected to be concluded by the end of the first quarter of 2019, while adding that adjoining road networks such as Diya Street and Ajayi Aina streets have been scheduled for rehabilitation to further enhance road connectivity within the axis.

“For us as government, we will continue to promote fairness, justice and everything that will make life more comfortable for our people,” he said.

Also speaking, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in his message titled ‘Coming of Age’, said Nigerians must come to the realisation that the destiny of the country was in their hands and as such must continue to make concerted efforts to promote values that unite rather than divide us.