CAN Prays For A Second Term For Fashola


•Gov. Fashola

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has asked for divine assistance to Governor   Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, South West Nigeria to nebale him win a second term in  office.

•Gov. Fashola

CAN at a news conference yesterday to announce its Jubilee Walk to mark the 50th  anniversary of Nigeria said the governor had so much supported the cause of Christians in  the state and had taken Lagos to an enviable position.

CAN Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Rev. Bernard Okodua said Christians in the state would  continue to pray for the governor and his team to come for a second term  as they had done  tremendously well beyond expectations.

“We pray that our good Lord that has been your guide and support would uphold you even  beyond 2011.

“It is our desire that Fashola and his deputy, Sarah Sosan be given the consideration of  another term of four years. This is because as it is said ‘One glorious term deserves  another,’” he stated.

However, on the Jubilee Walk, Okodua said the walk being organised by the association was  meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the nation, saying that the walk was also meant to  identify with the Federal Government on the “glorious anniversary of the peaceful  co-existence of various ethnic groups in the country since independence.”

“More importantly, CAN is working in tandem with the Biblical account of the celebration as  contained in the account written by Moses in the book of Leviticus, Chapter 25 verse 11,  which stipulates a special celebration of the year of Jubilee, which among other things,  involved the release, independence and liberation of the people of Israel, their land and  cattle from oppression and affliction.

“So also, CAN, as a reputable and religious organisation considers year 2010, the year of  Jubilee of our nation’s independence as the year and the expected period that all the  affliction, oppression, lawlessness, corruption, ethnic differences and all vices should be  totally wiped away from the polity,” he said.

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According to him, “we thought it wise to organise the walk tagged Jubilee, Sound of Freedom,  which among other things would be used as a wake-up call to remind people and residents of  this country to rise up to the challenge of living up to our age as expected of a  50-year-old nation.

“This walk is being organised simultaneously by Christian Association of Nigeria in all the  states of the Federation and it will take place on Thursday, 30 September, 2010.”

He added that all Christians residing in Lagos were expected to participate in the Lagos  Jubilee walk, which would commence from the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa, Ikeja  by 9.00 a.m.

“It is our expectation that God should as a matter of urgency heed our call and allow  freedom sound of trumpet blown on all the iniquities afflicting this nation and grant us a  permanent release from materialism and grant us the grace to cultivate the habit of using  what’s earthly for the benefit and welfare of our fellow brethren.

“However, as law abiding citizens and residents of a country attaining the age of fifty  years, it is expected of us not to be thinking of what the nation can do for us alone but  should rather focus on what we can also do for our dear country so that the unborn  generations could feel our impact and our name be found boldly written in the Guinness Book  of records as a foremost contributor to its existence, sustenance and growth,” he stated.

The CAN Chairman said that people could start in a small way by reaching out to the less  privileged and the needy in the community and “put smiles on their faces and look beyond the  events slated for the week-long celebration and adopt a personal commitment to the theme  adopted for this occasion.

“We can also reach out to people in our neighbourhood and assist indigent families, by  sponsoring their children through school or by donating much needed school furniture to  schools in our locality.”

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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